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    Question It is downloaded from Google

    Hi,

    I have just downloaded a file from Google search. Now I want to write a description about this file for further reference.

    A. It is downloaded from Google.
    B. It was downloaded from Google.


    Both A and B are correct, right?
    I think B is correct for "further reference", but A is also correct because I have downloaded it today and write this description at the same day.

    Please help, thanks.

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    Re: It is downloaded from Google

    I wouldn't use A.

    As soon as the download is complete, it's already in the past.

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    Re: It is downloaded from Google

    I would use the past tense in general.

    It was downloaded from Google.
    I downloaded it from Google.

    There is one instance in which I wouldn't use the past and that's "It is/It's a Google download" - that still describes the current situation so I would use the present tense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is downloaded from Google

    If you want to label the file precisely, you won't say "It was downloaded from Google" unless you downloaded it from a Google website like google.com. If you used Google to find the file, you probably downloaded it from whatever site Google found for you.

    For example, if you click this link and save the page you hit, you will have used Google to find this page, but you'll download it from UsingEnglish.com.
    I am not a teacher.

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