Another tense-related question
Here’s what I read in an article on Fox News, the last sentence of which I take issue as to its tense:
“She accidentally put $6 in the self-service terminal and bought her tickets,” the lottery reported. “When she realized she still had $1 in credit, she thought, ‘I might as well get another SuperLotto Plus ticket.’ That sixth ticket was the winner.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/05/single-mother-simple-error-earns-her-14-million-lottery-prize/?test=latestnews#ixzz2SSK8yCgk
In consideration that the ticket remains a winning ticket to the present day, shouldn’t the last sentence be, “The sixth ticket WAS DETERMINED TO BE the winner”? (Capital letters are my addition to it, replacing the original word of “was the winner.”) Saying was the winning ticket sounds inaccurate, don't you think? Am I wrong? Please help! Thanks!
Adding "determined to be" between "was" and "the winner" doesn't change the tense. It is still in the past tense. She bought the ticket in the past, the numbers were drawn in the past, it was determined in the past. The ticket doesn't keep winning. It won once, and that moment has passed.
|link||answered May 05 '13 at 23:39 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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