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    two short questions

    Good evening.

    There are two things referring to grammar that I am not sure about. Could you help me?

    1. Can I use the following expression: such as was common....?
    For example. Wearing a wig gives you a new identity such as was common in the Elizabethan era.

    2. Would one rather say "The Elizabethan time/era was marked...." or The Elizabethan era/time is marked..."?

    I woud say "was marked" because the Elizabethan era is over and so it cannot be marked anymore.

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    Re: two short questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Maluues View Post
    Good evening.

    There are two things referring to grammar that I am not sure about. Could you help me?

    1. Can I use the following expression: such as was common....?
    For example. Wearing a wig gives you a new identity such as was common in the Elizabethan era.

    This seems fine to me.

    2. Would one rather say "The Elizabethan time/era was marked...." or The Elizabethan era/time is marked..."?

    I woud say "was marked" because the Elizabethan era is over and so it cannot be marked anymore.

    History isn't confined to the past. It is constantly evolving based on our changing understanding and perceptions of past events and eras.

    Was indicates "this is how it was understood/characterised in the past".

    Is indicates "this is how it is currently understood/characterised".

    The fact that the era is over doesn't matter, as the sentences refer to the way the era is or was viewed.

    According to William Shakespeare, the Elizabethan era was marked as a golden age.

    According to modern historians, the Elizabethan era is marked as the beginning of a golden age in British literature.

    Greetings
    I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by colloquium; 08-Sep-2008 at 17:20.


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    Re: two short questions

    Thanks for your help :)

    Let's take the following example:
    "The Elizabethan era was marked by the plague"

    This would be the right decision , wouldn't it?

    And another question which I had yesterday before going to bed (^^):
    Are there any vocabulary sheets with the most important vocabularies for writing.
    If there are could you post them?

    Again thanks :)

    Greetings :)


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    Re: two short questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Maluues View Post
    Thanks for your help :)

    Let's take the following example:
    "The Elizabethan era was marked by the plague"

    This would be the right decision , wouldn't it?
    I think it depends on whether you are marking the era as being characterised by the plague now, or whether you are referring back to someone else making that judgment in the past.

    If you are referring back to the period directly, you need to use the past tense.

    Life in the Elizabethan era was (not is) difficult.

    However an analysis, judgment or opinion of a period can be made at any time.
    Last edited by colloquium; 09-Sep-2008 at 15:57.

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