AhHang80 asked in 社會及文化語言 · 1 decade ago

Say and said?

請問這兩句是如何用 - say - 這個字的﹖

而又在表達什麼呢﹖

a) Scientists say that we should all try to reduce our own carbon footprint。

b) Scientists said that we should all try to reduce our own carbon footprint。

謝謝指教﹗

Update:

那麼在時間上的表達有不同嗎﹖

2 Answers

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Both are grammatically correct but a) gives the reader an impression that the statement is always true (no time limit). For b) it is just a sentence making reference to what Scientists has said earlier or in the past.

    Other example.

    We always say: The sun rises from the East and never the sun rose from the East - although the second sentence is grammatically correct, it is a factual statement which is ever true and therefore not limited by time.

  • 1 decade ago

    同樣是講的意思,只是 tenses不同

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