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there was vs there have been

Hi, im not very clear which i have to use  "there have been vs there was"

Ha habido un problema con la reserva del hotel :

- there was a problem with hotel booking

- there have been a problem with hotel booking


Hubo un problema con la reserva del hotel:

- there was a problem with hotel booking

- there have been a problem with hotel booking


thxs


Mar 21, 2017 11:11 AM
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Hi!

"there have been", is for when something has happened, for example, a few years ago (present perfect / preterito perfecto).

"there was", is for when something that used to happen (imperfect tense / preterito imperfecto).

hope this helps, and hope I'm correct.

March 21, 2017
thanks a lot
March 21, 2017

You need to study the difference in usage of the present perfect and past simple tenses.  This is a standard intermediate topic which is covered by all grammar references and course books.

Briefly, the past simple is used for actions which both started and finished in the past and which do not have a connection to the present.

e.g. There was a problem with the booking this morning but we fixed it. Now the situation is normal.

The present perfect is used for actions which started before now and which have a live connection to the present.

e.g. There has been a problem with the booking.  We are trying to resolve it now.


March 21, 2017