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where should we use has/have been and had been?

[Company] had spent previous years a few blocks away from the new location.

This sentence uses "had spent", but to me it looks like "has spent" is grammatical.

What is grammatically correct in American English?

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Those phases have different meanings. –  Mr Lister Jan 3 '13 at 8:23
Could you please add more about the context? Like what you're trying to convey? Either sentence could still work, but it really depends. –  simchona Jan 3 '13 at 9:11
Can you provide some example that which one is correct in which case and when? A generic help even if a link to online resource will be helpful. –  Dharmavir Jan 3 '13 at 9:11
Might be helpful if you quoted the previous sentence as well. –  Barrie England Jan 3 '13 at 9:20

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If you look carefully, you might find that similar questions have been asked and answered here before. Very briefly, and very generally, the present perfect construction is used to describe a past event that has current relevance. The past perfect construction is used to describe one past event that occurred before another.

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I understand @barrie-england but basically as simchona mentioned either can be true and that is the reason I got confused. –  Dharmavir Jan 3 '13 at 9:08
shall I assume that "has spent" is correct choice if the event is just before the current even and not previous to previous? –  Dharmavir May 15 '14 at 11:01

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