"Seen from" vs "built (in the past)"

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- Seen from the hill, the city looks very beautiful.
- Built in 1917, the bridge is over 80 years old.

They are example sentences in an English textbook in China.

I wonder whether the first sentence should be:
- Being seen from the hill, ...
because it is seen now, not like "built", which happened in the past.

(future seen from the past, ok.)

Is this ellipsis? Like we normally say "I feel cold" instead of "I am feeling cold".
  • 0hisa2me

    Senior Member
    British English
    In the sentence 'Seen from the hill', you have to imagine the words 'When it is' at the beginning. 'When in it is seen from the hill, the city looks very beautiful'.
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