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I have been given the following section, and I need to identify the incorrect verb tense.

Hawthorne himself never fully explained the deep meaning and mystery of Hooper’s black veil. Instead, Hawthorne left that to the reader to contemplate. As the physical setting surrounding Pastor Hooper is simple and little touched upon, the reader must inevitably consider the deeper meaning surrounding the story and the psychological impact of human nature in daily life.


I am not being able to identify any inaccuracy, as regards the verb tense.

Should the phrase "little touched upon" be preceded by the verb "is" in order to revise the verb tense?

Are any other revisions necessary in this regard?


Kindly explain

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anonymousan author called Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was one of the most illustrious American authors of the nineteenth century.

The Minister's Black Veil was a short story published in 1832. This passage is an excerpt of an analysis of the story.


The passage is correct as written. I would not change any of the verb tenses.

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I'll try but don't depend on my answer because I'm also not completely sure of it .

Based on the context, it seems that the section is talking about a story that was written by an author called Hawthorne. In addition, it sounds that the story was competed "finished" with a vague ending, and that's why they were discussing its content and analyzing the author's reasons.

Therefore, I would add "has" before himself.

Hawthorne himself has never fully explained the deep meaning and mystery of Hooper’s black veil.

But I'm not sure whether it's better to use "had" instead.


If Pastor Hooper were one of the story's heroes. then I would change the auxiliary verb "is" to "was"

As the physical setting surrounding Pastor Hooper was simple and little touched upon, the reader must have inevitably considered the deeper meaning surrounding the story and the psychological impact of human nature in daily life.


Regarding the verb "consider" in the last sentence, I'm hesitant to change it honestly. I wouldn't be that hesitant if the used "should".

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There is no wrong verb tense.

Hawthorn is long dead, so "has never explained" would be wrong. "Physical setting is" uses the literary present properly. Anyone who reads the story must consider something at the time they read it, so the present tense is correct.

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