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Hi there: I need your help. when citing some great person's famous remarks or ideas, past tense and present tense are both acceptable. for example; “Any meddling or changing over from one class to another’, says Plato, ‘is a great crime against the city and may rightly be denounced as the basest wickedness.”And we can replace "says" with "said". Right? But is there any difference between the tenses used in such citations? are we free to choose the verb tense or not?
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Last edited by norwolf; 20-Nov-2008 at 17:21.
I think the present simple was chosen in an attempt to add a sense of immediacy to the narrative; to try and present the ideas, and no doubt Plato himself, as somehow still relevant and not relics of a bygone era.