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    are/were

    Among other stories, there was the story of a woman who was obsessed with beauty and vain, the dead husband who became a small worm and lived in his wife’s nose.

    There were also stories of those who were madly in love with flowers and were eventually reincarnated as butterflies.

    There were stories of those who were reborn as animals because of overwhelming attachment, and who eventually redeemed themselves due to the benefits of listening to the Lotus Sutra.

    1. Should 'are' be used instead of 'were'?
    2. Are there any errors in the text?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Among other stories, there was the story of a woman who was obsessed with beauty and vain, the dead husband who became a small worm and lived in his wife’s nose.

    There were also stories of those who were madly in love with flowers and were eventually reincarnated as butterflies.

    There were stories of those who were reborn as animals because of overwhelming attachment, and who eventually redeemed themselves due to the benefits of listening to the Lotus Sutra.

    1. Should 'are' be used instead of 'were'?
    2. Are there any errors in the text?

    Many thanks.
    When you are dealing with fiction(stories), poetry, or nonfiction literature use the present tense to discuss the actions and thoughts presented in the text. Do this because literature exists as a present phenomenon regardless of whether or not its author is alive or the events relate to past. So here use 'are' in stead of 'were'
    Remove the and underlined in 1st para.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Remove the and underlined in 1st para.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    Why?
    There are two clauses.
    MC - The dead husband lived on his wife's nose. the dependent cluse- who became a small worm is joined by who. So another conjuntion is not necessary.

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    Re: are/were

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    There are two clauses.
    MC - The dead husband lived on his wife's nose. the dependent cluse- who became a small worm is joined by who. So another conjuntion is not necessary.
    So the sentence becomes
    Among other stories, there was the story of a woman (who was obsessed with beauty and vain), the dead husband (who became a small worm) lived in his wife’s nose.

    Maybe you mean this?
    Among other stories, there was the story of a woman (who was obsessed with beauty and vain), and the dead husband (who became a small worm and lived in his wife’s nose.)
    Last edited by ptetpe; 28-Jul-2009 at 09:38.

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    Re: are/were

    Could another member clear the confusion, please.

    Thanks.

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    Re: are/were

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Among other stories, there was the story of a woman who was obsessed with beauty and vain, the dead husband who became a small worm and lived in his wife’s nose.

    I presume that this refers to two stories, if so, it would be better like this: Among other stories, there is the story of a woman who was vain and obsessed with beauty, and the story of the dead husband who became a small worm and lived in his wife’s nose.

    There are also stories of those who were madly in love with flowers and were eventually reincarnated as butterflies.

    There are stories of those who were reborn as animals because of overwhelming attachment, and who eventually redeemed themselves due to the benefits of listening to the Lotus Sutra.

    1. Should 'are' be used instead of 'were'?
    2. Are there any errors in the text?

    Many thanks.
    Bhai.

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