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    #1

    'Many ships have disappeared/disappeared while passing through Bermuda Triangle.'

    'Many ships have disappeared/disappeared while passing through Bermuda Triangle.'

    Simple Past or Present Perfect? I can't put my finger on that one...
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    #2

    Re: 'Many ships have disappeared/disappeared while passing through Bermuda Triangle.'

    There are situations where either could be correct.

    BTW, it should be the Bermuda Triangle.

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    #3

    Re: 'Many ships have disappeared/disappeared while passing through Bermuda Triangle.'

    The first option you present is present perfect and the second is past simple. Obviously, these sentences therefore have distinctly different uses. Aren't you aware of the basic differences in use between these two tenses?

    If forced, I would guess that you intend to use the present perfect version, but how can we be sure if you don't tell us how you want to use the sentence?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jun-2019 at 08:45. Reason: fixing typo

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    #4

    Re: 'Many ships have disappeared/disappeared while passing through Bermuda Triangle.'

    The past tense is usually used when the time period in the past is known. The present perfect is used to state the occurrences of the events up to the recent past.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jun-2019 at 08:46. Reason: fixing typo
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