past participle usage recomended by Grammarly defies the spoken word


The Dæmons even flew into the citadel, but they have no weapons and the only power they have is to scare those fearful, most warriors simply swatted them away, and they soon left and returned to the gathering storm of humanity at the border of Prince Michaels' domain.


This is my original sentence - past participle usage is recomended for is in:

  the only power they have is to scare


Changed to simple past

 the only power they have was to scare - past participle still recomended


Changed to past participle:

 the only power they have been to scare  - which construction makes no sense.

asked May 11 '13 at 04:00 David Lisle New member

This entire paragraph is intended to be in the present tense. Grammarly is incorrectly correcting my phrasing.

David LisleMay 11 '13 at 04:13

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they have no weapons their power is to scare those most fearful  

link comment answered May 11 '13 at 19:21 David Lisle New member

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