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Spend or spent? | the ellipsis of verb in a complex sentence
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had been sent or has been sent #1 (permalink) Mon Jan 05, 2009 23:39 pm   had been sent or has been sent
 

Which one is correct?

1.The Department had been sent all the relevant documents of pension in 2006.

2.The Department has been sent all the relevant documents of pension in 2006.
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had been sent or has been sent #2 (permalink) Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:24 am   had been sent or has been sent
 

Ganesh wrote:
Which one is correct?

1.The Department had been sent all the relevant documents of pension in 2006.

2.The Department has been sent all the relevant documents of pension in 2006.


#1 is correct, because you are referencing the time before 2006. If you have no reference point (aka present) then you would use has. ("The Department has been sent all the relevant documents of pension." -- that means as of now.)

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had been sent or has been sent #3 (permalink) Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:24 am   had been sent or has been sent
 

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#2 is not correct because you have mentioned a clear past date. #1 is odd when standing alone; there is no call for past perfect. This is the expected:

The Department was sent all the relevant pension documents in 2006.
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