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    Which tense is correct?

    Hi. Which tense do you find it appropriate to use in journalism?

    Here is a headline: "President Serzh Sargsyan sent or sends congratulatory message to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin."
    An excerpt from the main body: "Today, President Serzh Sargsyan sent or has sent a congratulatory message to Reuven Rivlin on the occasion of being elected as President of the State of Israel."

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    Hi. Which tense do you find it appropriate to use in journalism?

    Here is a headline: "President Serzh Sargsyan sent or sends congratulatory message to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin."
    An excerpt from the main body: "Today, President Serzh Sargsyan sent or has sent a congratulatory message to Reuven Rivlin on the occasion of being elected as President of the State of Israel."

    When it's very recent, use the present.
    When it's newly known that something happened in the past, use the past.

    Note your headline would NEVER be a headline. Sargsyan Congratulates Israel's Rivlin -- that's a headline.
    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: Which tense is correct?

    I'd use the present in the headline and the past in text body.

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    Note your headline would NEVER be a headline. Sargsyan Congratulates Israel's Rivlin -- that's a headline.
    I agree, but I do not write news. I am just a translator who tries to avoid artificial wording.
    PS: Do I need to capitalize all the words in my headline?

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    Re: Which tense is correct?

    Use title case - capitalize nouns, verbs, adjectives, not articles or prepositions.
    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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