At the time of this writing, Chinese stocks are up since the bear market bottom in 2005.

How come it's not "stocks have been up"? I thought we should stick with the perfect tense with the word "since".

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    You might say that the perfect is redundant because the past/anterior meaning is conveyed by "since".
    – BillJ
    Oct 30, 2020 at 12:42
  • I'm not too happy with it. I'd switch to 'At the time of writing, Chinese stocks are up from the bear market low in 2005.' Oct 30, 2020 at 14:44

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This is one feature of journalese (a style of writing used mostly in newspapers). Reports and especially headlines are reported in present tense even though they happened in the past.


Suppose a dog has been bitten by a man. In normal language, we might report this as, A dog has been bitten by a man!

As a newspaper headline, it would be Man bites dog!

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