From China to India to Malaysia, women have been the arteries pumping life into the heart of traditional home-cooked meals, which they dutifully churned out day after day to feed their hungry families.
Hi, may I know why did the author use "churned" instead of "churn"? Since the fact still remains relevant in our society. Would it be wrong if I use "churn"? By the way, it was taken from a local newspaper. Thanks.
teal desk 749why did the author use "churned" instead of "churn"?
I have no idea. "churn" sounds better to me.
teal desk 749Would it be wrong if I use "churn"?
No. Not at all.
teal desk 749the fact still remains relevant in our society
By the way, this is not the winning argument for me. Rather, as a tense-matching problem, the present (churn) often goes better with the present perfect (have been).
Because they have been the pumping arteries, I guess.
Maybe, but it would take more than that to harm such clumsy purple prose. "Churn" is pejorative. Arteries don't pump anything, the heart does, but where is that in a meal? Sounds like a bloody mess. Not likely in India, anyway.
I guess it would be better for me to write the entire paragraph.
For centuries, mothers in Asia have played pivotal roles in home kitchens across the continent. From China to India to Malaysia, women have been the arteries pumping life into the heart of traditional home-cooked meals, which they dutifully churned out day after day to feed their hungry families. In many instances, this responsibility was fulfilled largely out of obligation and in response to what had become a clearly defined gender role. In Baba Nyonya communities for instance, recipes were often tightly guarded by family matriarchs who only passed them down the female line to their daughters. This gender-based hierarchical structure led to the development of old-fashioned platitudes like "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" and more derogatory expressions like "A woman's place is in the kitchen".
The paragraph was written in the past tense form.
Yeah, it is probably just an analogy describing the roles played by women in the society.
Yes. With the longer text the past tense 'churned' seems to make more sense.
I see. May I know why did the author write this essay in the past tense form?
The author wanted to talk about traditions that were common in the past.