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Part-time ESL tutor and international teacher with a love of English, words, meanings, nuances, intrigue and anything else that makes one ask why!


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comment Do I use “argued” or “argues”? Past or Present?
Interestingly, at least in my mind this morning, what if Singer was dead? I would tend to lean for the argued case. eg Churchill argued in his book. He no longer argues in his book because he is no longer alive, though I concede his words live on. I seem to be associating some sort of physicality to this argument), which may lend itself to something more philosophical than just English usage
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comment Do I use “argued” or “argues”? Past or Present?
Thank you Amanda. I still trip over the fact that the paper is being read in the present and the contents are "timeless". Not doubting your wisdom but there is something nagging away in the back of my mind. "Argued" also has a past implication in that it possibly is no longer valid. Mind you if you told me it was present past tense or something like that I would probably just shut up and get on with life(can anyone deliver a fatal bullet to the "argues" case!
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