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    earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

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    The extensiveness of one's vocabulary; the ability to express oneself effectively.

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    Late 19th century; earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (1802–1876), writer and journalist.

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    Can I take the blue part to mean:

    ... (the) earliest use (was/has been) found in Harriet Martineau (1802–1876) ...

    What do you think?
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    #2

    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    That would be my understanding.

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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    I agree about the meaning, but I can't see much of a case for using has been.

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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    the earliest use that has been found is in Harriet Martineau

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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    Thank you all.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    the earliest use that has been found is in Harriet Martineau
    Hi, jutfrank.

    We see this as a fact, so we use "is" (instead of "was", meaning the action happened in the past). Am I right?
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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    We see this as a fact, so we use "is" (instead of "was", meaning the action happened in the past). Am I right?
    Yes.
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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    We see this as a fact, so we use "is" (instead of "was", meaning the action happened in the past). Am I right?
    And I think the use (in the text by Harriet Martineau) is always there. That's another reason to use "is".
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    Re: earliest use found in Harriet Martineau (18021876)

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    And I think the use (in the text by Harriet Martineau) is always there. That's another reason to use "is".
    I prefer is to has been.

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