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    is named instead of was named

    Can I say: "My niece is (not was) named after me and now she is my namesake"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: is named instead of was named

    I prefer "was". But the "is" is not wrong.

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    #3

    Re: is named instead of was named

    "Was named" focuses on the time in the past when her parents decided on a name for her.
    "Is named" focuses on the present and the fact that she has the same name as you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is named instead of was named

    Then can I say 'the email is sent' to mean that 'sent' is the present state of the email?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: is named instead of was named

    You have been on the forum long enough to know that you can't just automatically apply one construction or rule to another sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is named instead of was named

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Can I say: "My niece is (not was) named after me and now she is my namesake"?
    It's redundant isn't it?

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    Re: is named instead of was named

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Is named" focuses on the present and the fact that she has the same name as you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Then can I say 'the email is sent' to mean that 'sent' is the present state of the email?
    At present she has the same name as the OP, but at present the email has reached the recipient or is being transmitted rather than 'is sent', so 'is sent' is wrong. May I understand it this way?

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    #8

    Re: is named instead of was named

    The e-mail is sent every day is OK (perhaps, if someone sends the same e-mail (spam?) every day). But you can't name someone (or give someone) a different name every day. The meaning of the verbs is different which causes different usage.

    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: is named instead of was named

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    The e-mail is sent
    I asked about it on another forum, you may go to have a look. emsr2d2 had not replied to my question in post#7, so I asked there. I hope it was acceptable.

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    #10

    Re: is named instead of was named

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Then can I say 'the email is sent' to mean that 'sent' is the present state of the email?
    In some circumstances, yes. If you're sitting at the keyboard, you could use it, but in most contexts, the present perfect would be more natural.

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