Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.


English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan


Postby Lone » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:18 am

Dear Alan,

I found the following paragraph in today's newspaper.

"The alert over a mysterious SARS-like virus should be extended to travelers from Britain, an infectious diseases doctor says."

Why the last word of the above sentence was "says" but not "said"? I think the simple past tense should be used instead as the action of saying had already been completed.

Thanks and I look forward to your explanation.

Silver Member
Posts: 67
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:47 pm

Re: tense

Postby Alan » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:22 am

As when recounting the narrative of a book or film, the present tense is quite normal when reporting the views of writers, newspapers or other "authorities".
User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12043
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Japan
Status: English Teacher

Return to Grammar Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests