what is the meaning and when do you we use this "there is been a misunderstanding"

espicially this part "there is been" when do we use this tense and how this is different fron the tense "there was a misunderstanding"

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    There has been a misunderstanding in that sentence. – Glorfindel Apr 23 '16 at 10:27

Firstly, the phrase should be:

There has been a misunderstanding

This usually implies that the misunderstanding has just happened, or has just affected events. For example:

Person A: I thought I was meant to bring one box, not two!

Person B: There has obviously been a misunderstanding.

The phrase:

There was a misunderstanding.

implies that the misunderstanding was in the past. For example:

Person A: Why did you not bring two boxes yesterday?

Person B: There was a misunderstanding.

In practice, the difference is not always that clear cut, but as a rule of thumb it is quite useful:

  • 'has been' = 'has just been'
  • 'was' = 'was some time ago'

"There is" and "There has" are both contracted to "There's", and it is very easy for an English language learner to mix them up. "There's/There has" can only be followed by a past-participle verb: "[There's/There has] been a misunderstanding". "There's/There is" can be followed by a number of things, including, in this case, a noun phrase: "[There's/There is] a misunderstanding".

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