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Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy / Grammatikalische Analyse (Grammatical Analysis)
|Chinese term or phrase: 他唱的歌|
1st Attempt: The name of the song that he sang is "My love is you". Do you feel that he can sing well?
Question: I have rendered the first part of this sentence in the past tense? Do you think the present tense would be more appropriate? If so, why?
i) the song that he sang, or
ii) the song that he is singing
You are welcome to comment on other parts of the sentence.
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The context refers to something happened in the past, because if it were to refer to something happening in the present the first part of the sentence would look like: 他正在唱的歌叫做... (notice the adverb 正在).
In fact, the tense is often seen in the reply to the question. If the answer is 他曾经不错, then he used to sing well (likely not anymore). If the answer is 他总是很好, then he is always good. Notice that some adverb is often attached: 曾经 or 总是. Without such an adverb, it is way safer to assume past tense.
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|Final Rendering: The name of the song he sang is "You are my love". Do you feel that he can sing well?|
Acknowledgement: I was torn between confirmation and insight and went with insight and examples. My thanks to franksf, Ralph Dunsdon, Wenjer, and willmatter.
Discussion: Please see http://homepage.mac.com/moogoonghwa/tsongkit/part3/III-1b-g.html#s18 for further discussion regarding the context of this question.
My very best from the land of no mountains surrounded by sea on many sides.
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