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    What tense works best for "over time"?

    I am going to make up an example below.

    (ex) I find it interesting to read about how child psychology develops or has developed over time.


    I think you use "develops" when you are talking about how its development is continuing and you use "has developed" when you are talking about how its development is up to now. My explanation is a guess. Could someone please explain this? Thanks.

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    Re: What tense works best for "over time"?

    Hi! I am neither an English teacher nor a native English speaker however I suppose you are correct in your interpretation. I would use "develops" if I was focusing on the nuts and bolts of the development of the field (e.g. how research is done, what kind of evidence researchers consider valid, etc). In turn, I would use "has developed" if I was focusing on the historical developments of the field from its begginings to the current time.

    I hope this contributes to convey what you want to say.
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    Re: What tense works best for "over time"?

    For me, the present would look at it as a fact, a fixed pattern of change, possibly in comparison with other disciplines. The present perfect would take the perspective and approach you give.

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