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    infamous for serving/having served

    Dear teachers,

    I am suddenly a bit confused about which tense should be used in the sentence below:

    The place is infamous for serving/having served as a ghetto during WWII.

    What is the correct usage and why?

    Thanks very much!

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    #2

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    They are both correct.

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    #3

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    Thank you. But is there any difference between them? Or do they mean the same?

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    #4

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    Do you have some context for that sentence?

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    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    The whole sentence goes "The place is infamous for serving/having served as a ghetto for Jews during WWII before they were deported to concentration camps in Poland within the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”." Personally, I think "having served" should be used, because it no longer serves as a ghetto - obviously... What do you think? Thank you!

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    #6

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    You can still use either serving or having served. (I don't think ghetto is the right word there, however.)

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    #7

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    Thanks Tarheel, ghetto is what it is officially called. But does not "serving" imply that the action still continues?

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    #8

    Re: infamous for serving/having served

    The sentence clearly says it happened before WWII. (It didn't serve as a ghetto. It simply was a ghetto.)

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