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    Past Tense

    There might be a tense error here:

    "By Friday evening, the Kremlin had made no official statement about Mr. Snowden’s fate, though Mr. Putin had ample opportunity to make remarks as he fielded questions from supporters attending an annual youth camp at Seliger Lake northwest of Moscow. None of the questioners in what is typically a scripted encounter with the public broached the controversy, nor did Mr. Putin raise it. "

    Since the "scripted encounter" is a past event, shouldn't "was" be used instead of "is"?


    Source: nytimes.com/2013/08/03/world/europe/us-and-russia-snowden.html?_r=0

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    Re: Past Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by awesc View Post
    There might be a tense error here:

    "By Friday evening, the Kremlin had made no official statement about Mr. Snowden’s fate, though Mr. Putin had ample opportunity to make remarks as he fielded questions from supporters attending an annual youth camp at Seliger Lake northwest of Moscow. None of the questioners in what is typically a scripted encounter with the public broached the controversy, nor did Mr. Putin raise it. "

    Since the "scripted encounter" is a past event, shouldn't "was" be used instead of "is"?


    Source: nytimes.com/2013/08/03/world/europe/us-and-russia-snowden.html?_r=0
    It is fine. What was typical in the past is still typical in the present.

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    Re: Past Tense

    But, suppose if "is" was replaced with "was" in the example, how is the meaning changed?

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    Re: Past Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by awesc View Post
    But, suppose if "is" was replaced with "was" in the example, how is the meaning changed?
    It would suggest that the interview is no longer a scripted encounter. This seems unlikely.

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