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The present perfect singular of the verb "to place" is "I have placed".
The present perfect tense of place is:I/You/We/They have placed.He/She/It has placed.
Present perfect is formed with -- have/has + past participle.The past participle of place is placed, so present perfect is have placed or has placed.
The statement is grammatically incorrect. The debate team did not place. The correct form is either that it took first place ... and in that case the verb is "to take". Or someone placed the debate team in first place in which case the sentence needs a subject or it has the passive verb. The correct answer depends on which of these is the correct form.
The present tense is action taking place at the present (current) time. Verbs may be conjugated into the simple present, the present perfect, the present continuous, or the present perfect continuous.
Present perfect is formed with have/has + past participle.The past participle of place is placed. So a present perfect verb phrase would be have placed or has placed. egHe has placed his cards on the table.They have placed their bets.
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It take place in the present and in New York.
"went" means the subject was at a place, and then moved to a different place, "have been" means the subject went to a place, and then moved somewhere else so they were no longer at that place.