Reply to ""present perfect" vs "past Perfect""

  • Last year, a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was found responsible for the accident. It is not that accident like this have not occurred before but the number of deaths has never risen so high.

 

Based on David's and DocV's explanations above, you should use the past perfect.

Another inconsistency I find with your paragraph above, Subhajit, is the use of "it is not that." As David suggested, "it was not that" would fit in better there. Besides, considering that that phrase is emphatic, there should be some reason that justifies it. Otherwise, I don't see the point of using it. For example:

  • Last year, a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was found responsible for the accident and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. It was not that accidents like this had not occurred before but the number of deaths had never risen so high.

The "it was not that..." structure is useful to introduce the reason why the driver got such a severe punishment, and this was due to the unusually high number of victims.

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