Aristotle says that poetry is superior to history in that...

yukinohana

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello,
"Aristotle says that poetry is superior to history in that it shows what should or must occur, rather than merely what does occur."

In the above sentence, is it okay to use past tense, for example:

"Aristotle said that poetry is superior to history in that it shows what should or must occur, rather than merely what does occur."

Or:
"Aristotle said that poetry was superior to history in that it showed what should or must occur, rather than merely what did occur."

Thanks a lot.
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Well, it depends on (funny old thing) context...

    Are you writing an essay about Aristotle, yukinohana?
     

    ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    It's a question of distance, Yuki ~ the distance you want there to be between you the writer and Aristotle the thinker. All three sentences are grammatically flawless ... but have varying degrees of distance.
     
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