Over the last few years, there’s been more and more reporting of news in ‘present tense’

Try this one for example, a report on the winds that whipped through Melbourne today.

What irritates me about this is they mix tenses in the same report.

The winds and damage was present tense, yet the SES received — past tense — lots of calls.

You might call me a pedant for pointing this out (hey, I’ve been called worse — although the funniest title, Word Nazi, was one I chose myself when working on Goth Nation magazine, back in the day), but frankly, I’d say they should make up their bloody minds. Present tense, past tense; pick one and stick with it, don’t mix them up because all it does is strongly suggest you’re a lazy git.

Author: gotheek

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