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    Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book "The Old Man and The Sea".

    I think it is 'is'. However, the writer has passed away. So shouldn't it be 'was'?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Ernest Hemingway is/was the author of the book "The Old Man and The Sea".

    I think it is 'is'. However, the writer has passed away. So shouldn't it be 'was'?

    Many thanks

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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Hi Engee30

    What does your question mark represent?

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    Question Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

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    Hi Engee30

    What does your question mark represent?
    I don't seem to get your question.

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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Sorry for having confused you.

    It should have been what does this represent in respect of my question.

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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book "The Old Man and The Sea".

    I think it is 'is'. However, the writer has passed away. So shouldn't it be 'was'?

    Many thanks
    Both are fine.

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    Smile Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

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    Sorry for having confused you.

    It should have been what does this represent in respect of my question.
    It means I'm glad to have been able to help you.


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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Hi Engee30

    Thanks for the explanation.

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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

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    Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book "The Old Man and The Sea".

    I think it is 'is'. However, the writer has passed away. So shouldn't it be 'was'?

    Many thanks

    What a good question! You can use 'is' or 'was'.

    Example:
    Who was the writer of "The Old Man and the Sea"? Ernest Hemingway was.

    Who is the writer of "The Old Man and the Sea"? Ernest Hemingway is.

    The passive form of the verb would use the past tense only:
    "The Old Man and the Sea" was written by Ernest Hemingway.

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    Re: Ernest Hemingway is/was the writer of the book

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn Miller View Post
    What a good question! You can use 'is' or 'was'.

    Example:

    The passive form of the verb would use the past tense only:
    "The Old Man and the Sea" was written by Ernest Hemingway.
    Thanks, Marilyn, for your help. The next question may be off-topic, but I hope you don't mind answering it.

    The passive form of the verb would use the past tense only:

    Why is 'would' used? Is it correct to use 'will'?

    Many thanks.

    PS: Moderator: If my latest question is off-topic, could you move it to the correct topic?. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 08-Jan-2009 at 16:05.

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