Wrong tense used in the media, I have to argue--do you agree?
Here's a tragic news story: "A 16-year-old has died as the result of a helmet-to-helmet collision during a high school football game over the weekend, according to multiple reports out of New York." (Link--I just realized no links are allowed on here, but I would have linked you to the story if I could). I have to argue that the present perfect, "has died," is incorrect. I often see it used (and I have read it has something to do with the new hot news tense), but I have to say it is wrong. None of the present-perfect usage conditions is applicable: It is not a continuing action (once one dies, they die), and it is not indefinite in time ("during a...game over the weekend"). So, I'd argue it should say as follows: "A 16-year-old died," without the "has" present-perfect part. If I am definitley wrong, please explain why. I realize British English has been having more and more of an impact on American English, but I find it wrong, lol.
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