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    was/has been discovered

    Hello, dear forum users!

    1.Penicillin was discovered by accident.
    2.Penicillin has been discovered by accident.

    I dare to think that sentence 1 is correct. But since there is no exact time given in these examples, will it be Ok to use Present Perfect as well, like in sentence 2?

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    Re: was/has been discovered

    1 is correct. It's a historical event, so the simple past tense is correct.

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