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Re: debian-faq (was ... Re: upgrade to Wheezy fails with aptitude)

On Wednesday 04 April 2012 18:58:07 Martin Steigerwald wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, 4. April 2012 schrieb Lisi:
> > On Wednesday 04 April 2012 10:01:47 Andrei POPESCU wrote:
> > >  Note that since Lenny, apt-get *installs* recommended packages by
> > >
> > >     default.
> >
> > ...since Lenny, apt-get *has installed*......
> Why? It still does.

Yes, that is why it should be in the perfect.  It did and still does.  The 
perfect tense in English describes a present state due to a past action, and 
is in many ways a present tense rather than a past one.  "Installs" excludes 
the past, "has installed" includes past and present.  This is one of the many 
English tenses/moods which is difficult for non-native speakers to 
understand, let alone get right.

"Since Lenny apt-get installs" is wrong grammatically in English.  (You and I 
can discuss this off-list if you like, Andrei.)


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