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    By the time

    She sinks. By the time they drag her out the second time, her lips are the blue of a bruise, and her breath is gone for good.


    1. Why present tense? When do we use 'by the time' for present tense?

    2. Why is there an article before blue?
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    Re: By the time

    Always tell us the source and author of any quoted text, please.

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    Re: By the time

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Always tell us the source and author of any quoted text, please.
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    Re: By the time

    1. The passage is written in the historical present, which is sometimes used in narratives to convey a sense of immediacy.

    2. Her lips are blue. What kind of blue? The blue of a bruise. The first "blue" is an adjective; the second is a noun.
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    Re: By the time

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1. The passage is written in the historical present, which is sometimes used in narratives to convey a sense of immediacy.

    2. Her lips are blue. What kind of blue? The blue of a bruise. The first "blue" is an adjective; the second is a noun.
    Does "by the time" mean 'when',so we don't need to use present perfect?
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    Re: By the time

    The writer has chosen to use the historical present.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-May-2017 at 22:21.

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    Re: By the time

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    Does "by the time" mean 'when',so we don't need to use present perfect?
    Yes. It's more a matter of style than necessity, though. The passage could have used past tenses.
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    Re: By the time

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. It's more a matter of style than necessity, though. The passage could have used past tenses.
    I saw many examples of"by the time" use different tense for different clauses in a sentence,like"Simon will have perfected his English by the time he comes back from the U.S.",so ,is it ok to use same tense in two clauses?e.g. By the time I sleep,she goes out.
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