Reply Mon 5 Oct, 2015 05:20 am
In talking about the plot:

-Before Woolf moves into action, she __ regarded as one amid the girls.

Could I use is?(not was)

My opinion: In talking about the storyline, the whole paragraph can be written in the present tense. But now the writer above is talking about the past (=being regarded...) in the story, and the present viewpoint is 'moves into action', so I think only is is correct, and was is wrong. Do you agree?
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Reply Mon 5 Oct, 2015 05:44 am
The key is 'before.' It indicates the past condition.

-Before Woolf moves into action, she was regarded as one amid the girls.

It's an odd voice, though. It reads like a screenplay, rather than a novel. In a novel, it would read:

-Before Woolf moved into action, she was regarded as one amid the girls.

In a screenplay, the verb tense shift is acceptable. Not so in a novel.


It could be a simple typo and 'moved' was intended from the beginning.
Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2015 03:55 am
Excellent answer. Thank you.
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