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I'd like to describe a situation in the past. Not sure which one below makes more sense.

  1. Everything looks okay to me. I don't think we had this issue in the past.

  2. Everything looks okay to me. I don't think we've had this issue in the past.

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The first sentence with "had" is in the past tense. You use past tense for something that occurred in a known time in the past, which is not the case here.

The second one, with "have had," which is correct, is in the present perfect tense, which describes an event that has occurred in an undefined time in the past and is still relevant now.

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To describe a situation in the past use the past simple, so I'd say use the first one.

  • Again I'd like to ask the person who downvoted my answer, please explain why. Downvoting without any further explanation is of no use. – anouk Jul 6 at 17:38

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