Wed 2 Oct, 2013 06:51 pm
Tonight on All Things Considered, I heard the sentence. "Tom Clancy has died." I would have expected the simple past tense, "Tom Clancy died."
I hear that all the time on NPR programs. It is not just the NPR shows produced in Washington DC, but also those from New York, Boston, L.A. And more. But I do t hear that form in other media or in everyday language.
It sounds like NPR has a style book that prohibits the simple past tense.
Am I alone in this perception?
e has left town.
He has kicked the bucket.
He has left his wife.
Present tense reporting of a past event.