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The past tense - a question

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,937 mod
This discussion was created from comments split from: Your diary in LE forum.


  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    This will probably end up being moved, but it's related to my last question. Look what I found in Cityville 2's Wikipedia page:

    On Feb. 5, 2013, Zynga announced that CityVille 2 is cancelled

    Do you have to use "is" there? Is it even correct? I reckon you don't like using the present to talk about past events, do you? Couldn't they have said "CityVille 2 was cancelled" or "CityVille 2 had been cancelled" or something else?
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,937 mod
    edited November 2014
    Yup, moved as you suspected @SLB. As I often say, there's the way you should write it, and then there's the way people actually write.

    You couldn't use "was cancelled", because some people might understand that to mean it is no longer cancelled.

    I would have written: On Feb. 5, 2013, Zynga announced that CityVille 2 has been cancelled. (It was cancelled in the past, and is still cancelled.)

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