Hello,

The following sentences sound correct to me. Am I right and also, when should I use which ?

A.China has been behind in internet technology but is catching up fast.(or but has now caught up.)

B. China had been behind in internet technology but is catching up fast (or but has now caught up.)


Thank you.
Ricky

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Both sentences are grammatically correct, but have slightly different nuances. Here are expanded versions of both:

China has been behind [until now] in internet technology but is catching up fast/but has now caught up

B. China had been behind [until an unspecified but implied point in the past] in internet technology but is catching up fast /but has now caught up.

While Sentence A presents to state of "being behind" as reaching up to the moment of speaking, Sentence B presents it as having ended at some unspecified time in the past, not connected to the present moment.

Marilyn Martin

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