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12:11 Jun 22, 2005
English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / children's literature
English term or phrase:hung OR were hanging?
The kitchen was located in the back part of the castle, right above the pantries. Thousands of delicious smells ***were hanging*** in the air over the tables piled with all sorts of victuals. There were enormous mutton carcasses and pieces of freshly chopped fish. Other tables were laden with lots and lots of vegetables, including bunches of dark-red beetroots and soft-white cabbage-heads, golden corn ears and heaps of dark-purple eggplants. Red peppers were mingled with green ones, orange carrots lied beside white-pink radishes. There were all sorts of potherbs everywhere, and the air was filled with the smell of fried onion and garlic and fragrant spices.
Dear native English speakers!
Please advise what tense it would be better to use when describing the kitchen (where the characters have found themselves) - Simple Present or Present Progressive?
Thank you very much!
David...lazy? As I see this, I imagine a snapshot in time. Smells "hung" seems perfectly natural to me. I think that Jack is correct in stating that both are acceptable. I just happen to prefer this one but then I am an ENS of the lazy variety I guess.
I think "hung/were hanging" must be a pond difference again; for me as an ENS, "hung" means "on one occasion" and not "continuously", and to be frank, I think the AE tendency to ignore the imperfect is lazy. Just my opinion....
Jessica, but what's wrong with this particular posting? Do you think one sentence would be enough to visualize the picture? I posted the whole stuff to let everybody know where all the thousands of smells were coming from. Please feel free to email me to discuss the matter, I'd be glad to, if you please.
David, I am certainly not trying to sabotage that, I get as frustrated as the rest of you with postings with insufficient context; my comment was in relation to this particular posting and not kudoz as a whole, but I think you can see that...