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Which is correct?
1) 'Pride and Prejudice' is written by an English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
2) 'Pride and Prejudice' is written by the English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
3) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by an English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
4) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by the English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
5) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by an English novelist whose name was Jane Austen.
6) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by the English novelist whose name was Jane Austen.

Thanks in advance.
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All of your sentences are correct. But they do imply the same meaning:
1) 'Pride and Prejudice' is written by an English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
This is a generic sentence. Here you are telling a fact. And you are talking about some "Jane Austen"

2) 'Pride and Prejudice' is written by the English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
Here, you are giving importance to Jane Austen by specifically saying "the". This means you are specific about the author.

3) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by an English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
Here you want to say that it was initially written by some Jane but now she is no more credited for that.

4) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by the English novelist whose name is Jane Austen.
Here you are specific about the author Jane.

5) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by an English novelist whose name was Jane Austen.
Here you are talking about some Jane Austen who has changed her name lately. "was Jane Austen" indicates she has changed her name.

6) 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by the English novelist whose name was Jane Austen.
Here you are specific about the author at the same time now her name is not Jane. "was Jane Austen" indicates she has changed her name.

Any discrepancies, please let me know...
/Sameer
3 is correct, i think.
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Thanks , askshameer
Do you mean that all the sentences are grammatically correct but have the different meaning?
I have to choose one of them.
coz I need it when I explain about the writer of "Pride and Prejudice".
I think I have to choose number 3 or 4..but I'm not sure yet.
I disgaree with Sameer. The book was written - it was written 200 years ago. Her name was Jane Austen - but she's dead now. Number 5 or 6 are correct - but actually I would say "Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen, an/the English novelist".
Hey Kate, thanks for your inputs. I totally agree with your justification. But, I feel its all about one's perception. Don't you think it is context sensitive as well? [Considering all styles of English]..

And Darcy, I'd recommed you to use it as Kate said "Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen, an/the English novelist". This sounds better...

If you want to choose from your options, then the 3rd one is the closest one.

Thank you Kate once again.... Emotion: smile

/Sameer
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