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I still have a few doubts on the use of the present after "as if" and on other statements. Thank you for your cooperation.


1) They are hobbling along on their bloody feet, as if they are (why not were?) hurt or blind. They are so tired, they walk ask if they are (why not were?) drunk.
2) Wilfred Owen enlisted as a soldier in 1915. He was sent to France where he saw his first action. He was injured and sent to hospital to recover from shell shock.
3)There he met the poet Siefried Sassoon, who read his poems and encouraged him to write. Owen returned to the front in August 1918.
4)On November 4 he was killed in a German machine gun attack. In June 1918 he was preparing Disabled and Other Poems for publication. He was writing the preface to the book that has now become essential in discussing much of the poetry of World War I. He claimed that his subject was War, and the pity of War.
5)He believed that the poet’s task was to warn and be truthful. His poems describe men who are clinically alive although their bodies have been destroyed.
6) His technical innovations of para-rhymes and his extensive use of assonance and alliteration characterize his poems .

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    "Write about literature in the present tense unless logic demands that you do otherwise. (Even though a story is written in the past tense, we say that the main character writes to her brother because she thinks she knows something important. Even though Robert Frost is long gone, we say that Frost suggests or uses or says. And in his poems, we say that a phrase or word suggests or means or implies something (all present tense verbs). However, Frost moved his family to England and he died in 1963, etc.)."
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/literature.htm


    1) They are hobbling along on their bloody feet, as if they are hurt or blind. They are so tired, they walk as if they are drunk.

    2) Wilfred Owen enlisted as a soldier in 1915. He was sent to France where he saw his first action. He was injured and sent to hospital to recover from shell shock.

    3)There, he met the poet Siefried Sassoon who read his poems and encouraged him to write. Owen returned to the front in August 1918.

    4)On November 4, 1918, he was killed in a German machine gun attack. In June 1918, he was preparing Disabled and Other Poems for publication. He was writing the preface to the book that has now become essential in discussing much of the poetry of World War I. He claimed that his subject was War, and the pity of War. [<~~Notice that he did NOT write war-protest works. He was writing about the pity of war, the sadness of war, the senseless loss of war.]

    5)He believed that the poet’s task was to warn and be truthful. His poems describe men who are clinically alive although their bodies have been destroyed.

    6) His technical innovations of para-rhymes and his extensive use of assonance and alliteration characterize his poems.

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