Present tense and the word “new”

All Newsline posts are written in the present tense. This makes the news more lively.

Incorrect

Liberia closed most of the country’s borders due to the Ebola outbreak.
Clooney appeared in Gravity, co-starring with Sandra Bullock.

Correct

Liberia closes most of the country’s borders due to the Ebola outbreak.
Clooney appears in Gravity, co-starring with Sandra Bullock.

This does not mean that you have to change every verb in the text to present tense. The present tense applies to the main action verb in the sentence (shown in red).

Liberia closes the last of the country’s borders due to the Ebola outbreak. This comes after 20 centers were closed yesterday.

Clooney kisses Matt Damon, even though he lost the bet.

Active and Passive verbs

Please be aware that even though some verbs end in -ed they are still in the present tense.

Correct

Rowling releases the book (preferred)

The book is released by Rowling

Incorrect

The book releases

Click here to read more about Active and Passive verbs

Avoid using the word”new”

Please avoid using the word “new” or “latest” in posts. This usually happens with latest news. For example, when an artist releases a new film.

While the event is new now, as time goes by it will become old, and the post will become incorrect. In the end if “new” was added to each post, then we would have a newsline cluttered with “new” items, even though only the latest one is actually new.

Incorrect

Downey appears in his new film Iron Man 3
Downey’s latest film, Iron Man 3, is released.

Correct

Downey appears in Iron Man 3
Downey’s film, Iron Man 3, is released.

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