Andrey (azangru) wrote,
Andrey
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Tenses

There is a photo exhibition on Arbat, of photos that won a contest by the Russian Geographical Society. The photos have labels with brief descriptions (the title of the photo and the place where it was taken) in two languages, Russian and English. The English-language labels read pretty naturally and vividly; so I decided that whoever translated that had a native or a near-native fluency. And then I stood transfixed in front of the board with the description of the contest itself thinking whether one would naturally use present perfect in the sentence "It has been held for the first time in 2015", or whether one’s sense of grammar would rebel against it; whether its usage here is a stroke of linguistic mastery or, conversely, a sign of translation into a second language.

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