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Hi all

What tense should I use when quoting news reports? Past or Past Perfect?

As reported in 'UN threatens to halt Darfur food aid over attacks' (7/9/2008 Reuters), more than 100 World Food Programme vehicles were hijacked in 2008 and with 43 drivers remained missing, drivers refused to drive certain routes.

Thanks

PBF
Hi,

What tense should I use when quoting news reports? Past or Past Perfect?

As reported in 'UN threatens to halt Darfur food aid over attacks' (7/9/2008 Reuters), more than 100 World Food Programme vehicles were hijacked in 2008 and with 43 drivers remained missing, drivers refused to drive certain routes.

As reported in 'UN threatens to halt Darfur food aid over attacks' (7/9/2008 Reuters), more than 100 World Food Programme vehicles were hijacked in 2008 and, with 43 drivers remaining/still missing, drivers refused to drive certain routes.

Other than the minor edit above, it's fine the way you have written it.

Best wishes, Clive
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As reported in 'UN threatens to halt Darfur food aid over attacks' (7/9/2008 Reuters), more than 100 World Food Programme vehicles were hijacked in 2008 and, with 43 drivers remaining/still missing, drivers have refused to drive certain routes.

What about '...drivers have refused..." ?

Thanks

PBF
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Hi,

'Have refused' is correct grammar. It suggests they still refuse today.

I don't know if that is true or not.

Best wishes, Clive