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instructs, instructed or another verb? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 7:15:16 PM
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Our father instructs us:

“Anyone who sees a person drowning will help to save him. In the same way, we must help those who are in need."

Is 'instructs' OK or should it be 'instructed'? Or is there a better word?

Thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 9:32:45 PM

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"Instructs" is good, and is implies ongoing/continuing instruction, guidance or course of conduct. "Instructed" would imply a one-time event in the past. Either is good - the choice depends upon what the the writer wishes to convey.
NKM
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 11:05:42 PM

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Basically, I agree with palapaguy, though I might prefer "has instructed us."

As an alternative, "Our father has taught us:"

Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:52:09 AM
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Thanks to both of you.
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