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    #1

    how could this happen/have happened to me?

    Hi. Let's say that something bad happened to me in the past. Should I say:
    1) How could this happen to me?
    2) How could this have happened to me?

    Can you comment on this, please?

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    Re: how could this happen/have happened to me?

    Because the situation happened in the past, I would use the second. The first would apply to a current situation.

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