EN: I think there has been some sort of mistake

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by Un Québécois, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Un Québécois Junior Member

    Français
    Hello, I would simply like to figure out why is the past participle of be used in this sentence.
    I think there has been some sort of mistake
    I know that that sentence is correct, however why do not we use has had?
     
  2. Nicklondon Senior Member

    London
    UK English+Frenchy French
    Because there IS a mistake so there has been a mistake. We don't say there have a mistake :)
     
  3. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo

    There has been a mistake is about a past event that affects a current situation

    There was a mistake -- the situation described is in the past and is finished.
     

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