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    ** Tense of Tenses
    Could you tell me whether the tenses in the following sentences are correct?
    1. This document was translated by the translation unit of this institute.
    Or
    This document has been translated by the translation unit of this institute.
    Those sentences without time specified.
    2. This contract is made between the said parties on March 2, 2001.
    Or
    This contract was made between the said parties on March 2, 2002.
    I have seen something like “is made….on March 2, 2001” very often in Agreements or Contracts. What is the real fact of grammatical points regarded with this kind of Tenses.

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    Piak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piak
    ** Tense of Tenses
    Could you tell me whether the tenses in the following sentences are correct?
    1. This document was translated by the translation unit of this institute.
    Or
    This document has been translated by the translation unit of this institute.
    Those sentences without time specified.
    2. This contract is made between the said parties on March 2, 2001.
    Or
    This contract was made between the said parties on March 2, 2002.
    I have seen something like “is made….on March 2, 2001” very often in Agreements or Contracts. What is the real fact of grammatical points regarded with this kind of Tenses.

    Best regards,
    Piak
    1- They're both correct. If the publication is meant to last for a long time, then the past tense makes more sense to me.

    2- In a contract, the present tense makes sense because it hasn't been completed until it is signed. However, I'm not a lawyer. :D

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    Thank you TDol,

    Similar questions will be posted quit often, from me; about using tense. however, your anwser is quite perfect for me now. In other case or different event of actions might some days confuse me again, even that I have tried much to understand the tenses because the time concept of my language is much different from the English language. Thank you again.
    Best regards,
    Piak

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    Piak, feel free. Hope I can help.

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