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    Question past participle vs simple present

    Hi, in the following sentence what do you think is better?

    "The documentary showed the violence..."
    "The documentary shows the violence..."

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    Exclamation Re: past participle vs simple present

    Quote Originally Posted by saeta View Post
    Hi, in the following sentence what do you think is better?

    "The documentary showed the violence..."
    "The documentary shows the violence..."
    Both can be considered better depending on the context.
    If you want to tell about the content or the nature of footage of the documentary, use present simple:

    The/This documentary shows domestic(the) violence committed against women

    Look at the following sentence:

    I saw a sponsored program yesterday on tv where the documentary showed serious(the) violence of horrific nature. (It is in the past simple which you have used)
    Violence is a countable noun and can not preceeded by an article such as 'the'
    Last edited by sarat_106; 25-Oct-2009 at 08:44.

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    Re: past participle vs simple present

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Both can be considered better depending on the context.
    If you want to tell about the content or the nature of footage of the documentary, use present simple:

    The/This documentary shows the violence committed against women

    Look at the following sentence:

    I saw a sponsored program yesterday on tv where the documentary showed the violence of horrific nature. (It is in the past simple which you have used)
    Is the usage of article before "violence" appropriate? Is it countable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Is the usage of article before "violence" appropriate? Is it countable?
    Thank you Anupumh for bringing out a mistake. Violence is uncountable and I have made appropriate correction.

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