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    The hallmark of

    I have written a few sentences using "the hallmark of" Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. The hallmarks of Christopher Hitchens's articles had been wit, erudition, word-play, pugnacity, and often controversy.
    2. The new novel by Ian McEvan has the typical hallmarks of his previous books.
    3. Some people argue that the hallmark of British sports is fair play.

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    Re: The hallmark of

    There are no mistakes to correct, though were is more likely than had been in sentence 1.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The hallmark of

    Goes Station,

    I have used "had been" instead of "were" because Christopher Hitchens had died a few years ago, and I believed "had been" would be more appropriate, but now I understand that it should be "were."

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    Re: The hallmark of

    Should the tenses in the sentence be changed as follows:

    I have used "had been" instead of "were" because Christopher Hitchens had died a few years ago, and I believed "had been" would be have been more appropriate, but now I understand that it should be "were."
    I am not a teacher.

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