Not only is the present tense not sloppy, I prefer it. The side path still joins the main road and the bathroom still connects to two bedrooms. Only when those conditions are no longer true, would I use the past tense.
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I have a question about the tense of the verbs "join" and "connect":
On a first reading, it seems that only the past tense of "join" and "connect" should be used, because the "joining" and "connecting" only happened once (at time of building. But google searches returned examples where the present tense is used. Could the present tense be sloppy usage?1. A side path joins/joined the main road.
2. A shared bathroom connects/connected to two bedrooms.
But, don't "join" and "connect" mean, loosely, the one-time act of becoming together, not the state of being together?
If I write:
, could there be, then, confusion about whether it was a one-time act of connecting or a past state of being connected ?The cable connected to the TV.