| #2 (permalink) Mon Jul 13, 2009 22:04 pm Use of "was" versus "has been"
In your context either one can be used.
|Is there any difference in meaning?
|Is there a proper time to use one versus the other?
Yes, there is.
1. The present perfect is used when the time period has NOT finished: I have seen three movies this week.
(This week has not finished yet.)
The simple past is used when the time period HAS finished: I saw three movies last week.
2. The present perfect is often used when giving recent news: Martin has crashed his car again.
(This is new information.)
The simple past is used when giving older information: Martin crashed his car last year.
(This is old information.)
3. The present perfect is used when the time is not specific: I have seen that movie already.
(We don't know when.)
The simple past is used when the time is clear: I saw that movie on Thursday.
(We know exactly when.)
4. The present perfect is used with for and since, when the actions have not finished yet: I have lived in Victoria for five years.
(I still live in Victoria.)
The simple past is used with for and since, when the actions have already finished: I lived in Victoria for five years.
(I don't live in Victoria now.)
conĚtext - The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
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