Fish which are/were/have been caught at dawn are sold in the market every day.

EdisonBhola

Senior Member
Korean
Hi all, I'm unsure whether to use "are", "were" or "have been" in the following:

Fish which are/were/have been caught at dawn are sold in the market every day.

"are": This seems to be correct because the fishing takes place every day.
"were": This also seems possible because the fishing takes place before they are sold in the market.
"have been": same rationale as the above.

Would you say all three are possible?
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    The ones with "were" and "have been" don't sound natural to me. They suggest to me that the fish could been caught at any dawn, not necessarily the dawn of the day in which they are taken to market.

    "Are" is fine, of course.

    Alternatively: Fish caught at dawn are sold in the market every day.
     

    Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, though I don't like 'were' very much.

    I'd probably get round the problem by saying Fish caught at dawn are sold in the market every day.

    Cross posted with Barque; we agree strikingly about an alternative, I see.
     
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