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    happened/has happened sometime in

    The thunderstorm which destroyed parts of the village happened/has happened sometime in December 2012.

    - I wanted to use ‘has happened’ but it did not seem right because of the word ‘flooded’. Is it correct if I use ‘had happened’?

    - If I use ‘happened’, a simple past tense just like the other verb ‘flooded’, is it grammatically correct? If it is, kindly help me to understand why I can use simple past tense for the two verbs which happens one after the other.

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    Re: happened/has happened sometime in

    I think the context has made it clear that the thunderstorm happened before it destroyed parts of the village.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: happened/has happened sometime in

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    The thunderstorm which destroyed parts of the village happened/has happened sometime in December 2012.
    There is no 'flooded' in your sentence.

    The occurrence of the thunderstorm and the destruction of the village happened at the same time.


    In any case, a present perfect form would be incorrect for past-time events.

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    Re: happened/has happened sometime in

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is no 'flooded' in your sentence..
    Oh my mistake. I meant 'destroyed'

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