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    Tenses with before

    Should I use 'haven't happened' or 'didn't happen' in the context?

    Yesterday a tragic incident happened near Delhi. At least 50 people died in a rail accident. The government and railway officials took responsibility for the accident. It is not that incidents like this/that didn't happen/haven't happened before but the number of deaths never rose/have never risen to that/this point.

    Teachers,please correct my passage too if there is anything ungrammatical in it.


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    Re: Tenses with before

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Should I use 'haven't happened' or 'didn't happen' in the context below?

    Yesterday, a tragic incident happened near Delhi. At least 50 people died in a rail accident. The government and railway officials took responsibility for the accident. It is not that incidents like this haven't happened before but the number of deaths hasnever risen to this point.

    Teachers, (space after a comma) please correct my passage too, if there is anything ungrammatical in it.

    See above.

    I'd probably say "... but the death toll in a single accident has never been this high before".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Tenses with before

    You could also say:

    At least 50 people were killed in a rail accident.

    That's what I would expect to hear in a news report.

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