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    Default Who said versus who says?

    Hi,

    Why the songwriter used the simple present tense of 'says' instead of said?

    Who says, who says you're not perfect
    Who says you're not worth it
    Who says you're the only one that's hurting -- Selena Gomez.


    In another song, 'said' is used.

    Who said, who said
    I can't be Superman? -- Hanna Montana.

    Could someone please explain the difference?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    As we so often say, you cannot attempt to analyse song lyrics in terms of the grammar of standard English. You can't get no satisfaction from trying.

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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    Take this as example,

    1) Who said that man was an evolution of apes?

    Or

    2) Who says that communism is a form of totalitarian when ideally, it seeks to maintain equality among its members?
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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Take this as example,

    1) Who said that man was an evolution of apes?

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    2) Who says that communism is a form of totalitarian when ideally, it seeks to maintain equality among its members?
    Both of those sentences are incorrect.

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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both of those sentences are incorrect.
    How would you write them so they become correct? Incidentally, both 'who says' and 'who said' are acceptable, I guess.
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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    The present tense is used here to indicate a habitual action.

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    Default Re: Who said versus who says?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The present tense is used here to indicate a habitual action.
    I guess when someone says, 'Who says I'm fat?' means she thinks that someone may keep telling others that she is fat until she gets slim. Compare with 'Who said I'm fat?'which indicates that the remark on her being fat was done once in the past.

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