I am not a teacher.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.
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