I'm currently having a discussion with a colleague about the validity of the description fresh and craved for food products.
For me, the description makes little sense, as it two adjectives: one in past tense (craved), and one in present tense (fresh).
A hypothesis I have is that the author may have meant "fresh and carved", or even freshly carved. However, the foods being described here are schnitzels, which aren't exactly predisposed to carving (more towards breading, but the concept of carving schnitzels is interesting nonetheless).
I'm also thinking the description was fresh and craved would make more sense, but it's hardly something you'd want to call food products one would be distributing with the intention of generating profit. I'm also confused as implying that your foodstuffs were craved previously, but surely this is also poor business practice as the implication there is that your foods are craved no longer.
The final thought I have on the topic is that the description is implying that the food has been craved by people in the past (maybe market research has been conducted, or users have filled out feedback forms testifying that they have craved the product at some point during the day or week). This, to me, still doesn't explain the use of fresh in the description. Having verifiable evidence that your food is indeed craved constantly by some subset of the population is a much stronger claim than the arbitrary, bog-standard, slapped-on fresh descriptor one sees on foodstuffs everywhere.
In summary, my question(s) are:
- Does the description fresh and craved make grammatical sense?
- If yes, is it at the very least only technically correct but is a stylistic abomination?
- Are there any counter-examples to the general statement that you cannot mix different tense adjectives in a description of a noun in the present tense?
- Would you eat at a place where schnitzels were carved?
Thank you in advance for settling this long, drawn-out and stressful friendly discussion I have been having with my colleague. The last question is just for my own curiosity. Question 4 is non-compulsory.