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    growing

    I have two questions.
    A. I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. He is a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.
    2. He was a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.


    B. I wonder if the next two sentences have the same meaning.
    He is a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.
    He is a boy who grew up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.


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    Re: growing

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I have two questions.
    A. I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. He is a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.
    2. He was a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.


    B. I wonder if the next two sentences have the same meaning.
    He is a boy growing up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.
    He is a boy who grew up on New Zealand's East Coast in the 1900's.
    (Not a teacher)

    Unless you are writing a piece of fiction that is set in the 1900s, then I don't think you can say 'is'. The second sentence in A is correct, as is the second sentence in B.

    Also, no apostrophe is needed when talking about decades - the 90s, 1990s etc. Apostrophe is only for contractions and possessions - this is neither of these.

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