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    Wrap Around Neck

    I have a question about the tense of the verb "wrap" in some sentence. Suppose the context is a scar around someone's neck. And currently, the scar is still there:


    A long scar wraps/wrapped around his neck.

    The act of "wrapping around" the neck (the injury) happened in the past. So, it seems that the past tense of "wrap" should be used. But google searches suggest that the present tense of "wrap" could be used for some unknown reason.

    So, should the present tense be used?

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    Re: Wrap Around Neck

    I would not use "wrap" for a scar.

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    Re: Wrap Around Neck

    How about a scarf:

    A scarf wraps/wrapped around his neck.
    ? Assuming the scarf being around his neck is a current condition. Should the present tense be used here?
    Last edited by learningspirit; 27-Feb-2015 at 01:54.

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    Re: Wrap Around Neck

    If it's a current condition that you are describing, you might say, "A scarf is wrapped around his neck".
    "A scarf wraps around his neck" gives the impression that the scarf is actively wrapping itself at the moment like a boa constrictor.
    "A scarf wrapped around his neck" sounds like a sentence fragment, or the past tense of the above.

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