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    commits/committed suicide

    Hi all,

    Please help me understand how "commit suicide" is used in a sentence. Sometimes I see news headlines "man commits suicide after being bullied" and "man committed suicide after being bullied"..

    Which is correct?

    Thanks

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    Re: commits/committed suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by MooCow View Post
    Hi all,

    Please help me understand how "commit suicide" is used in a sentence. Sometimes I see news headlines "man commits suicide after being bullied" and "man committed suicide after being bullied"..

    Which is correct?

    Thanks
    They can both be correct. The first is in the historical present, often used to make the statement more vivid. The second is in the simple past tense because it was a past event.

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    Re: commits/committed suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by MooCow View Post
    Hi all,

    Please help me understand how "commit suicide" is used in a sentence. Sometimes I see news headlines "man commits suicide after being bullied" and "man committed suicide after being bullied"..

    Which is correct?

    Thanks
    Please give correct information in your profile.

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    #4

    Re: commits/committed suicide

    Welcome to Using English.

    There are two reasons we take a hard line with the correct information in your profile.

    First, spammer often use the first thing they find so they can start their spammy posts as soon as possible. We've been known to delete users based on obviously false information before they can annoy our members.

    Second, knowing your native language will help us help you. For example, if we know a learner's native language has no articles, that helps us with our explanations.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: commits/committed suicide

    Sorry I was being lazy. Info. updated.

    Great site, thanks for the help

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    Re: commits/committed suicide

    Headlines often use the present tense for recent events- it's more vivid and usually takes up less space on the page.

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