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The company was founded by a man who has/had been to Paris. What form should be used and why?

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  • The man who has been to Paris may have been there yesterday. The man who had been to Paris, went there before founding the company, and his time there evidently influenced him in some way. Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 12:37

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The company was founded by a man who had been to Paris [before he founded the company; this man can be still alive or already dead].

The company was founded by a man who has been to Paris [the founder is still alive; the fact that he has been to Paris is considered important in relation to the moment of speech: this is not someone who has never been to Paris; the moment of his going to Paris is not specified, it can be before or after the foundation of the company].

So depending on what you want to say, chose an option that suits best.

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