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    There has been fire

    If a building is on fire or earthquake is happening or an accident that has just taken place in front of me, I am still there these things are happening and my friend arrives and I have to inform him then how to do it? Please check my sentences.

    1) There has been fire in this building(its still burning). Past tense there had been fire.

    2) There has been earthquake(still happening). Past tense there had been earthquake.

    3)There has been an accident(just happened). Past tense there had been accident.

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    #2

    Re: There has been fire

    If the building is still on fire or the earthquake is still in progress, then we would not use the present perfect.

    An accident is normally short lived, so we might well say 'There has been an accident.

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    #3

    Re: There has been fire

    @Piscean, What do you mean by 'lived', please?

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    Re: There has been fire

    See the definition of 'short-lived' at http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/short-lived
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: There has been fire

    You can't separate 'lived' from 'short lived'.

    Click here. The hyphen is omitted in this form of the sentence.

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    Re: There has been fire

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Click here. The hyphen is omitted in this form of the sentence.
    I clicked the link, but I couldn't see that sentence.

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    #7

    Re: There has been fire

    You would say "there has been a​ fire."

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    Re: There has been fire

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I clicked the link, but I couldn't see that sentence.
    You can see the meaning of 'short-lived'.

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    #9

    Re: There has been fire

    May I ask a question here?

    Is it natural to say "There's a fire going on in this building"?

    Thank you.

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    #10

    Re: There has been fire

    No.

    'This building is on fire.'
    'There's a fire in this building.'

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