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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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The past tense - a question

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,477 mod
This discussion was created from comments split from: Your diary in LE forum.


  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    This will probably end up being moved, but it's related to my last question. Look what I found in Cityville 2's Wikipedia page:

    On Feb. 5, 2013, Zynga announced that CityVille 2 is cancelled

    Do you have to use "is" there? Is it even correct? I reckon you don't like using the present to talk about past events, do you? Couldn't they have said "CityVille 2 was cancelled" or "CityVille 2 had been cancelled" or something else?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,477 mod
    edited November 2014
    Yup, moved as you suspected @SLB. As I often say, there's the way you should write it, and then there's the way people actually write.

    You couldn't use "was cancelled", because some people might understand that to mean it is no longer cancelled.

    I would have written: On Feb. 5, 2013, Zynga announced that CityVille 2 has been cancelled. (It was cancelled in the past, and is still cancelled.)

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