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Caesats

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Hi everyone
the place where something first started to happen or exist: New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/birthplace
The place where something started or originated: Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ms/definisi/bahasa-inggeris/birthplace?searchDictCode=all

1. France was the birthplace of cinema, and continues to have a very strong cinema culture today. This is from an introduction of French culture.
I think it should use "is" because it still exists http://wenku.baidu.com/link?url=cIa...-PrYzv6uv7i7Pk_UgBwfLy5yx_gupLNFMoA_mj6i5VWPu

Otherwise do you think "UK is the birthplace of English" or "UK was the birthplace of English"?
 
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  • VicNicSor

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    France was / is the birthplace of cinema -- both are correct. "Was" emphasises that the birth happened in the past.
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    The UK can't be the birthplace of English language since the latter had existed well before.
     
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