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    Default question about present prefect or past?

    Hello everyone, hope everybody is great, i have a question concerning

    if i am writing today`s news, in this following example would i use present prefect or past:

    Today, Tom has announced the launching of a new car

    or

    Today, Tom announced the launching of a new car

    i think i should use the present prefect because im still within the same day, am i correct? or would both be correct?

    i would really appreciate any information on this, thank you
    Miriam

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    Default Re: question about present prefect or past?

    Both are fine. You may have noticed that English language newspapers also use the present tense, because they believe it makes the news sound more 'up to date' and interesting, so they would probably choose the headline, 'Tom launches new car'.

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    Default Re: question about present prefect or past?

    Hi,
    I`m Mick...If Tom did seriously launch a new car then ít will have probably sunk. However one can launch a new product but one introduces a new model. However one launches a new product - if it fails, then its sunk.

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    Default Re: question about present prefect or past?

    I think the form is common enough for it to have been sanctified by usage.

    BBC:
    Pictures as Jaguar launch the R4, their new Formula One car for the 2003 season.
    GrandPrix.com:
    Ferrari to launch new car on February 7
    IndiaCar.net:
    Maruti will also launch a new car, entirely developed at Gurgaon, in a couple of years.

    According to google, there are up to 23,600,000 other examples. In the UK they like to say 'unveil our new car/latest model', in a sad attempt to make the car sound sexy :)

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    Hi,
    I wonder if that is why Rover went out of business, why Jaguar left Formula One and Ferrari dipped out this season...sink or swim. The Silver Mist was renamed Silver Ghost as the connotation stunk a little in Germany. It was the play on words that enthused me. However correctly noticed...It just goes to show how the English language is developing...What about a gay car then?
    Mick

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    Default Re: question about present prefect or past?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodhouse
    Hi,
    I wonder if that is why Rover went out of business, why Jaguar left Formula One and Ferrari dipped out this season...sink or swim. The Silver Mist was renamed Silver Ghost as the connotation stunk a little in Germany. It was the play on words that enthused me. However correctly noticed...It just goes to show how the English language is developing...What about a gay car then?
    Mick
    Ha ha!

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    Default Re: question about present prefect or past?

    thank you very much for every ones input, i really appreciate it


    thanks again
    Miriam from Argentina

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