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    Cool tenses in annotated bibliography

    Hello All,

    I was wondering which of the following tenses are most appropriate and acceptable in writing an annotated bibliography / critique in general. Thanks

    1) In the article, the authors suggest three possible solutions to...
    2) ................................... have suggested ...........................
    3) ....................................suggested ............................

    I have heard time and again that both the present and the past tenses can be used but do excuse me to be a bit pedantic here. I'd really like to know the 'most academic and conventional' way when writing the above.

    Thank you so much

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    Default Re: tenses in annotated bibliography

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Hello All,

    I was wondering which of the following tenses are most appropriate and acceptable in writing an annotated bibliography / critique in general. Thanks

    1) In the article, the authors suggest three possible solutions to...
    2) ................................... have suggested ...........................
    3) ....................................suggested ............................

    I have heard time and again that both the present and the past tenses can be used but do excuse me to be a bit pedantic here. I'd really like to know the 'most academic and conventional' way when writing the above.

    Thank you so much
    I would use #1.

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    Default Re: tenses in annotated bibliography

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use #1.
    So would I and, I think, so would most other writers. However, I have seen #3, particularly when the writer is about to come up with something that contradicts the authors, or something that the authors themselves have changed their minds about. #2 suggests, in my opinion, something that the writer is presenting as a recent view - one with which s/he may not be in total agreement. The present tense is always, in my opinion, acceptable.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: tenses in annotated bibliography

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use #1.
    With the exception of a case like an academic discussion: 'In <date> B. F. Skinner had written ..., but in <date> Noam Chomsky suggested that this was a load of hooey'. (That last phrase is perhaps over-demotic )

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    PS 5jj got there first (not '5jj gets there first - though he often does)
    Last edited by BobK; 15-Oct-2012 at 10:55. Reason: PS added

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