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    #1

    Smile tense

    Hi,

    I happened to edit this passage in a chapter:

    This section captures the nascent movement of American society and values in the nineteenth century, particularly in its closing decades, toward new ideas about the proper relationship of humans to nature. Although largely confined to a small number of elites, the ideas presented here undergird two important environmentally based social movements that eventually have a profound effect on government policies and bureaucratic agencies with responsibility for managing public lands and natural resources. The story starts, however, with European romanticists such as Lord Byron and transcendentalists such as the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, each of whom expresses a reverence and appreciation for nature.

    Should the verb form here be were to have or would have? Again, your help and explanation would be much appreciated.

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    #2

    Re: tense

    The two forms you suggest are, in my opinion, more appropriate. However the writer is using a narrative 'historic present' throughout the paragraph. It is not incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: tense

    Actually, I am familiar with only would have usage in such instances, but I had missed correcting the text! The reviewed file read as were to have, the usage of which I am not familiar with. Could you please throw some light on it with a couple of examples?

    Also, I would like to know about narrative historic present. Could you give me some examples as to where and when to use it? Thank you!

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    #4

    Re: tense

    There is an explanation and some examples of the historical present here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_present
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    Re: tense

    Thank you so much! Shall read it soon.

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    #6

    Re: tense

    Please state the source and author of any text you quote — especially copyright material.

    Additionally, please note that a better title would have been have/were to have/would have.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Oct-2015 at 12:28.

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    #7

    Re: tense

    The sentences are from a chapter of a book that is yet to be published.

    Thank you for the suggestion on the title. Shall try to follow that.

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