Hi there, Can I use present perfect tense in the following news reporting in my first paragraph and then use simple past? I want to do so because I want to present it as hot news though it occured yesterday. I know when no past time frame is mentioned we can present perfect. I want your opinions. Please note that I have written the report just a day after the incident took place.

New Delhi, 24 May: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has clean swept the country and this time with a bigger bang. For the first time in its history, the Bharatiya Janata Party has made a huge entry into West Bengal, a state ruled by the left and the Trinamool Congress for a long time.

The BJP, seeped in through Mamata Banerjee's turf, a place it has never reached a two digit figure. The state was so much important for the BJP, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the second highest number of rallies and speeches, the highest being in Uttar Pradesh.

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subhajit123 posted:

Please note that I have written the report just a day after the incident took place.

Hi, Subhajit,

The text of your example can be Googled. Do you really claim to have written it yourself? If it was really you who wrote it, then you write for India Today. If not, then you are plagiarizing by claiming you wrote it. Please answer the question.

There are many grammatical errors in the passage, but the tenses are OK. Again, the biggest problem is that you seem to be trying to pass off somebody else's writing as your own, which is not only against GE policy but unethical and illegal.

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