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  1. The rumor that she has something to do with the crime turned out true.
  2. The rumor that she had something to do with the crime turned out true.

Which is correct? If both are correct, is there any difference in meanings?

Thanks for your help in advance.

  • "Had to do with the crime" is not natural English. You can she had nothing to do with the crime, but you can't invert the idiom "had nothing to do with X" by removing "nothing". You can change it to "had something to do with X" but it has to make sense for the context. – Andrew May 1 '18 at 23:41
  • Does the following sentence sound natural? "The rumor that she has something to do with the crime turned out true." Do I say 'she has' or 'she had'? – user74712 May 1 '18 at 23:50
  • Could you edit your question to add that to your examples? Then I will be happy to answer. – Andrew May 1 '18 at 23:57
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"the crime turned out" is past tense. So, when did everything happen? In the past.

Other verbs need to agree with that.
"she had something" is also past tense. OK.
"she has something" is present tense. Doesn't match.

Therefore sentence 2 is the correct answer, although I would add "to be":
"The rumor that she had something to do with the crime turned out to be true."

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