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    Verb tense: Has written vs. Wrote

    This sentence comes from a published interview:

    [In her spare time, whenever that might be, Farmiga has co-written a script with her husband ("It's a comedy about grief, who knows if it's any good, but we find it funny") and she's adapting, with its author Carolyn Briggs, the memoir This Dark World, about Briggs' crisis of faith with her born-again Christian upbringing in the 1960s and '70s.]

    Would substituting "...Farmiga co-wrote a script with her husband..." also be grammatically correct? If both are correct, what's the difference between writing "has co-written" and "co-wrote?"

    Thanks.

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    Re: Verb tense: Has written vs. Wrote

    Only 'has co-written' is right.

    The present perfect simple expresses an action that is still going on or that stopped recently, but has an influence on the present. It puts emphasis on the result.

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    Re: Verb tense: Has written vs. Wrote

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack213 View Post
    This sentence comes from a published interview:

    [In her spare time, whenever that might be, Farmiga has co-written a script with her husband ("It's a comedy about grief, who knows if it's any good, but we find it funny") and she's adapting, with its author Carolyn Briggs, the memoir This Dark World, about Briggs' crisis of faith with her born-again Christian upbringing in the 1960s and '70s.]

    Would substituting "...Farmiga co-wrote a script with her husband..." also be grammatically correct? If both are correct, what's the difference between writing "has co-written" and "co-wrote?"

    Thanks.
    Perhaps "co-wrote" is more grammatical, since a past time in which it occurred has been mentioned - "In her spare time, whenever ..."

    "I wrote a story in my spare time, whenever I had any."
    "I've written a story in my spare time,
    whenever I had any."
    I prefer the first version.

    In any case, whether you use the simple past or present perfect, it's a bad sentence, since it should read "In her spare time, whenever that might have been, ... " .
    The sentence just gets worse from there.
    Last edited by Raymott; 14-Dec-2009 at 06:36.

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