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    #1

    he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake

    I told him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake.
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    Is it possible to use the present perfect instead of the past simple in the underlined part? There is no context in the exercise where I've got this sentence, so I'm curious if there could be any context where the present perfect would be correct. Say, the wandered are still in the forest or wherever they are and let the speaker know about their situation by phone. What do you think? Is it possible?
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    #2

    Re: he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I told him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake.
    https://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs5.htm

    Is it possible to use the present perfect instead of the past simple in the underlined part? There is no context in the exercise where I've got this sentence, so I'm curious if there could be any context where the present perfect would be correct. Say, the wanderer is still in the forest or wherever they are and lets the speaker know about their situation by phone. What do you think? Is it possible?
    Sure.

    Me: Help! I've been bitten by a snake!
    You: What was it?
    Me: A snake! I already told you.
    You: Well, where are you?
    Me: Well, there are a bunch of trees around. In fact, there are trees in every direction. Does that help?
    You: No, it doesn't help at all

    (Ron needs to go back to bed. )
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    #3

    Re: he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake

    It would be perfectly acceptable to say "I told him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he wandered off into the forest and [now] [he] has been bitten by a snake!" In fact, I would be more likely to use the present perfect there.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake

    Yes. The context you provide is an appropriate one.

    I told him to stay on the path but he has wandered off into the forest and (has) been bitten by a snake.

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    #5

    Re: he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I told him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he wandered off into the forest and was bitten by a snake.
    The present perfect is possible in the last two verbs. If you use it, the wandering and getting bit happened very recently. If you stick with the past simple, they could be any time in the past.
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