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Hi everyone.
Can you help me with these sentences. Which is the correct answer:
It is always known that there WERE  fewer accidents at sea than in the air or in the roads.
 or:   It is always known that there HAVE BEEN fewer accidents at sea than in the air or in the roads.
Thank you in advance.

28 Apr 2012      

United States

As far as the verb tense is concerned, they are both correct. Were puts the sentence firmly in the past; have been brings it up to the present. So there īs a little difference in meaning and I īd probably use have been unless I want to make a point about how things are different now.
However, we say "on the roads," not "in the roads" in English. Prepositions are so idiomatic from language to language. At least we always use the objective case for them, unlike German and some other languages.

28 Apr 2012     


Thank you very much for your help. Have a nice evening.

28 Apr 2012