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    hello...
    I come across this sentence in a workbook and wonder what is the correct usage...
    please help to provide your choice and the reason for that use.
    TQ


    The Sherpas are skilled mountaineers and are/were the first to climb Sagarmatha, which is the highest mountain in the world.

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    Welcome to the forums.

    Your profile states that you are an English teacher.

    Please edit your capitalisation and punctuation and tell us what you think is the correct answer first.

    (Note: Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for Everest.)

    Rover

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    Default Re: past/present ?

    Hello again.
    I need help here.
    I can't decide which is the correct one. (refer first post)
    Personally, I would choose the use of were because I focus on the achievement of conquering the Everest that happened in the past.

    Tell me what you think. Thank you.

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    Obvious troll.

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    Default Re: past/present ?

    An English teacher should be able to answer this perfectly well. In addition, if you are a native Bhutani speaker, who comes (very surprisingly) from Argentina and is living in the Bahamas, you've had lots of experience with foreign languages. This little question shouldn't be taxing you at all.

    Either that, or all your member information is incorrect. I wonder which one it could be.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Wow. What have I got myself into?
    I came here with a question to fellow English Language teachers asking for help and clarification.
    If there is any posting rule somewhere that I am too lazy to read, then I apologize.
    I'm not here to stir up trouble, just genuinely confused.
    I'm not a native speaker, I tend to get my American and British English mixed up a lot.
    I avoid revealing as much info about myself as possible on the internet for fear of the obvious.
    That is the reason for the many geographical locations, which by the way I thought didn't matter for respectable academics here.

    Okay, back to the first post.
    I sincerely think were is the better choice.

    If I am wrong, please just tell me.
    My colleagues told me the answer should be are, because according to them it is a descriptive sentence.

    Thanks for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heroesxyz View Post
    I avoid revealing as much info about myself as possible on the internet for fear of the obvious.
    Revealing your native languge does not normally result in your being identified by the secret police and carted off to jail for life. It does, however, give us some idea of how we might best respond to certain questions. You have, of course, the absolute right not to reveal your own name. It may come as a surprise to some that 5jj is not the name on my birth certificate or passport.
    That is the reason for the many geographical locations, which by the way I thought didn't matter for respectable academics here.
    1. We are honest, and we do not think much of people who mislead us about certain basic facts. If you feel that revealing your native language, country of origin and current country of residence would endanger your safety, then you could explain this to one of the administrators/moderators, who would come up with a reasonable solution.
    2. 99% of the people who register here with improbable personal info turn out to be trolls, spambots or other undesirables. Bitter experience has taught us not to trust anyone who is clearly not telling the truth.
    Okay, back to the first post.
    I sincerely think were is the better choice.
    There may be an argument for saying they are the first to have climbed it, but most of us prefer to think that they were the first to climb it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-May-2013 at 22:15.
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