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    #1

    To understand how this came about

    Is my sentence grammatically correct? I'm not sure if it's possible to use the past simple with the present perfect in the sentence below.

    To understand how this came about / has come about, we need to look at the different political and social events that have influenced the development of English.

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: To understand how this came about

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Is my sentence grammatically correct?
    It is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'm not sure if it's possible to use the past simple with the present perfect in the sentence below.
    Yes, it's possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    To understand how this came about / has come about, we need to look at the different political and social events that have influenced the development of English.
    Thanks.
    If "this" still has relevance, or if it's somehow connected to the present time, use the present perfect. Otherwise, use the past simple.

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    #3

    Re: To understand how this came about

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    To understand how this came about / has come about...
    Note: 'this' should not be emboldened, and the slash should have no spaces around it.

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