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    Tense choice

    Both Bai Juyi and Lau Sau are historic figures. But the works are intended to write to Lau Sau, which is an unchanged fact, so I wonder which tense should be used.

    The poems "The desperate crow's call at night" and "The swallow" were written by a famous poet, Bai Juyi, to his elder friend, Lau Sau.

    The poems "The desperate crow's call at night" and "The swallow" is written by a famous poet, Bai Juyi, to his elder friend, Lau Sau.

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    Re: Tense choice

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    The poems "The desperate crow's call at night" and "The swallow" are(I would use "are") written by a famous poet, Bai Juyi, to his elder friend, Lau Sau.
    r.
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    Re: Tense choice

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    Both Bai Juyi and Lau Sau are historic figures. But the works are intended to write to Lau Sau, which is an unchanged fact, so I wonder which tense should be used.

    The poems "The desperate crow's call at night" and "The swallow" were written by a famous poet, Bai Juyi, to his elder friend, Lau Sau.

    The poems "The desperate crow's call at night" and "The swallow" is written by a famous poet, Bai Juyi, to his elder friend, Lau Sau.
    "were", definitely.

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