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    I read it with great interest and enthusiasm.

      I read it with great interest and enthusiasm. It is a fascinating human story which, through one man's life, gives a clearer idea of the essence of the Taiwan problem than any learned treatise could. It clearly shows that the Taiwan problem has grown out of the past experiences, present feelings, and hope for the future of the twelve million native Taiwanese --- the forgotten people ground between the political rivalries of the People's Republic of China and Chiang Nationalist government on Taiwan. One cannot read Professor Peng's moving account of his own experiences from childhood under Japanese colonial rule, through prominent participation in the intellectual life of Taiwan under Chiang, to eventual exile from his native land without hoping, and also believing, that the meek and also the not-so-meek Taiwanese will indeed some day inherit their own piece of earth. Congratulations on a fine and important book.
    Edwin O. Reischauer

    Is read in the present tense or the past tense in the above passage?
    Last edited by sitifan; 29-Jan-2016 at 09:18.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: I read it with great interest and enthusiasm.

    Given that the rest of the piece is a review of the book, it is clear that the writer has already finished reading it. On that basis, "I read it" uses the simple past.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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