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    In 1943, during the second world war, a German film archive disappears/disappeared.

    Hi,

    I am trying to find the right form at the end of this sentence.

    In 1943, during the second world war, a German film archive disappears/disappeared.

    To me (non native) both sounds good. Using "disappears" sounds a bit more dramatic, while disappeared sounds more dry and academic. I want to use the sentence in a summary of a film, so I am leaning towards disappears.

    My questions are:
    1. Are both correct (and I would appreciate a reference to a rule if there is one)
    2. If they are correct, is my feeling for the different use in the right direction?
    Thanks
    Dan

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    #2

    Re: In 1943, during the second world war, a German film archive disappears/disappeare

    The use of the historical present tense is fine and very common in a film/book synopsis.

    It can become tiresome in a long historical narrative, so should be used sparingly.

    (Capitalise Second World War.)

    Rover

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