The full citation read

LQZ

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The full citation read: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”-----taken from New York Times
Dear all,

My dictionary would be happy to tell us "citation" is a countable noun, but I am wondering why "reads" isn't used here? Thanks.

LQZ
 
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    :eek: But the citation is always there. Should simple present be used in this context?
    Don't be shocked. :) Both are correct, but I hear the past tense much more often in news stories. The governor said... The passage read... The White House denied... etc.
     
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