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.

tenses edited Sep 18 '13 at 12:21 Heather New member

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