Date: Sun, 18 Feb 1996 00:50:06 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Present tense in newsbreak announcements My assumption is that this practice derives from the well-established narrative practice in English to shift from past to "present" (nonpast) tense to foreground narrative action, so it is not as peculiar as it seems in isolation. But somebody mentioned awhile back that there is a separate newsgroup on usage. Shouldn't that be the appropriate venue for this sort of topic? Perhaps someone could provide that address, and shift some of the traffic off the ADS-L. No need to duplicate functions. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]