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    was installed/had been installed

    Hello teachers,

    Greetings!

    I have a question on tense form today. Here is the sentence:

    It was the first time in history that a chair in Anthrozoology was installed in a Psychology department, allowing the two foundational fields of many animal-assisted interventions to truly blend together at the academic level.

    Actually, I have 2 questions:


    1. Is the tense form in the original correct? I feel so, but I am not sure.
    2. Does the sentence require past perfect tense (had been installed)? If yes, could you please explain why?


    Thank you for your patience.

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    Re: was installed/had been installed

    This is the first time normally requires a present perfect: that something has happened. So, talking about the past, This was the first time would require a past perfect.

    I find instal strange. I'd use establish/set up.

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    Re: was installed/had been installed

    Thank you very much, Mr. Piscean, for your explanation. I appreciate it very much.

    And thank you for the suggestion as well.

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    Re: was installed/had been installed

    LaMelange, you probably know by now that we'd prefer you to press the Thanks button than write an otherwise empty post. I think I speak for the large majority of regular responders here.

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