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A. My greatest achievement to date has been the award I received last year.
B. My greatest achievement to date was the award I received last year.

1. Which of the sentences above is grammatical?
2. If both are possible, what is the difference?

3. Should I use 'has been' because "to date" seems like saying "so far", but I wonder if "has been" is correct because of the expression "last year" at the end of the sentence? Although I believe "last year" refers to the time of receiving the award, not to the achievement I have had so far in life. Please enlighten me.
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Of the two, A is better.

However, I would use the simple present: my greatest achievement is...
Thank you, Philip, for the answers.

But what is the difference between the two below?
Why is 'is' better than 'has been' here?

My greatest achievement to date has been...
My greatest achievement to date is...
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AnonymousA. My greatest achievement to date has been the award I received last year.
B. My greatest achievement to date was the award I received last year.
Use A. "to date" suggests a period of time starting in the past and lasting until the present. The present perfect is just what you need for that. Don't worry about "received last year". That's in a different clause, so "last year" doesn't go with "has been". In other words there's no conflict between the present perfect and the mention of a specific time because the two elements are in different clauses.

CJ
Thank you, CJ, for your input on this. Your explanation is just what I needed to know. Emotion: smile

I just have a couple of questions based on another suggestion, do you think the following are also correct?

My greatest achievement is the award I received last year.
My greatest achievement to date is the award I received last year.

If 'is' is possible in either version above, how is 'is' different in meaning from 'has been' in the sentence?
Hi. Please help me with this. Do you think this is correct? I think a present perfect tense would be better in the following context.

I would like to thank those members who helped to make our group such a vibrant one these past three years.
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Anonymous do you think the following are also correct?

My greatest achievement is the award I received last year.
My greatest achievement to date is the award I received last year.

If 'is' is possible in either version above, how is 'is' different in meaning from 'has been' in the sentence?
'is' is possible is both of those. The difference is subtle, and different native speakers might explain it differently.

To my ear, the present tense (is) suggests a timeless background. You are making a sort of "flat statement". You're stating "a matter of fact". You're stating "an eternal truth". The passage of time does not come into it.

The present perfect (has been), on the other hand, suggests the passage of time. Time has been passing. You have made, presumably, several or even many achievements during this time. Among your achievements made over the course of time, this one is the greatest so far (to date). To my ear, the mention of "to date" even gives a hint that you may continue to make further achievements because time will, of course, continue to pass into the future, giving you further opportunities to make achievements.

CJ
AnonymousDo you think this is correct? I think a present perfect tense would be better in the following context.

I would like to thank those members who helped to make our group such a vibrant one these past three years.
I agree, though there's is nothing wrong with what you have. The improvement would be minimal. Emotion: smile

CJ
Thank you very much, CJ. Your explanation is very clear that I now understand the difference between 'is' and 'has been' in the example. Great help. Emotion: smile
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