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    Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry at the beginning of the 18th century, when Thomas Crotchet and George Sorocold established what is thought to be the first factory built in Britain.

    be said,have its roots, is thought to be......indicates that the sentence is in present tense. Why is it written in present tense while it is talking about the past? Thanks for the support.
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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Please tell us the source and author of any text you quote.

    The writer is talking now (in the present) about what happened in the past.

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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    It is from IELTS reading exercises and dont have further information about it.

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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    It is from IELTS reading exercises and I don't have any further information about it.
    Please note my amendments.

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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    The writer is talking now (in the present) about what happened in the past.
    I am still confused about it. Little more explanation or another example would be helpful. Thanks.

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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Textile production in Britain can be said NOW to have its roots as an industry at the beginning of the 18th century, when Thomas Crotchet and George Sorocold established what is thought NOW to be the first factory built in Britain.
    We are thinking and talking now about what happened in the past, as Rover suggested.

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    Re: Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Textile production in Britain can be said to have its roots as an industry at the beginning of the 18th century, when Thomas Crotchet and George Sorocold established what is thought to be the first factory built in Britain.

    be said,have its roots, is thought to be......indicates that the sentence is in present tense. Why is it written in present tense while it is talking about the past? Thanks for the support.
    We can say (today) that the roots of textile production in Britain are in the beginning of the 18th century. Today we think that Crotchet and Sorocold's factory was the first in Britain.
    I am not a teacher.

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