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We happened to have been late for school today.

We happened to be late for school today.

What's the right way of putting it?

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We happened to be late today views 'this morning' as the past.

If you use the perfect tense to speak about today, you would have to say We happen to have been late today (the situation now is that we were late this morning).

You could say We happened to have been late for school that day, speaking of a day in the past.

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  • Technically the "being late" can have happened in the past, even if it happened today. So I would say both are correct. Feb 22 at 16:14
  • @DJClayworth Yes, of course being late today is in the past, but I would still use happen in the present tense for an incident earlier today. Feb 22 at 16:59

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