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    Tense problem

    What tense should be used in the description of a photo, present or past when the picture was taken some time ago?
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    "Peter is/was pictured with the artist during the movie Festival."

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    Re: Tense problem

    is

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    Re: Tense problem

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    David can you tell us why?..
    it happened in the past..why did we use (is)?..


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    Re: Tense problem

    Say the first Indiana Jones movie was opening at your local cinema, and a friend asks you who's in it. What would you say? I bet it's, "Harrison Ford plays Indiana." But the movie was probably filmed over a year ago.

    When we look at and describe photographs, we are, as if, taken back in time (that's the whole point, remembering moments in our past through photographs), It's like saying, "Here I am back in 1981 with Jenny" because the 'I' in the photograph is not the me of today, but the me of 1981, in 1981.

    I might look and say, "Here I am in 1981. I was much thinner then/had more hair then."

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    Re: Tense problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    David can you tell us why?..
    it happened in the past..why did we use (is)?..
    Because he still is (pictured) (=in the picture) with........
    It is the taking of the picture that happened in the past.

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