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    past tense

    Oxford University asked James Murray to be the editor of its new dictionary. ... Murray hoped to finish the new dictionary in ten years. But after five years, he was still adding words for the letter A! Then more people went to work with Murray, including his two daughters. He worked on the dictionary until he was very old. Forty-four years later, other editors finished it. It included more than 400,000 words in twelve books. And you thought your English dictionary was big!

    The above sentences are from a textbook. I cannot understand what the underlined sentence means. Why was it written in past tense?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: past tense

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    Because prior to reading this, you probably thought your English dictionary was a hefty book. However, now you know that the Oxford dictionary puts yours to shame.

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