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Nick L

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Sorry about that, the first comment didn't appear until after I posted the second.

Nick November 15, 2011, 8:53am

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Did God forget since the incident? If he did, then it would past tense. In most cases, one would not suddenly stop knowing something, and so you would assume that God only knows. This remains true with people; if someone was to get a coma and forget, then he knew. If he knew until he died, it would be assumed that the knowledge lives on in his soul, and he still knows. However, when referring to a specific incident, and you wish to convey that he already posessed the knowledge by the time of the incident, then you would make it past tense. "He knew he shouldn't have done it. " implies that he had considered the consquences as too great prior to the activity, while "He knows, now, that he shouldn't have done it. " implies that he has figured out since the activity that it was a bad idea.

Nick November 15, 2011, 8:50am

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Has God forgotten since the incident? If he knew at the time but no longer knows, then it is written in past tense. In most cases, he would still know, even if it had been a person who is now dead, as it is assumed the knowledge lives on in his soul.

Nick November 15, 2011, 8:40am

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Okay, I only just learned that the correct spelling has both accents from above. A lot of people, as I would assume, hear that the e at the end sounds accented, and only think that that e is the one necessary to place an accent on. The reason either accent would be kept with a word such as this is because people would otherwise read it as merely resume, which refers to the opposite of stopping. If you were to be using the word in a sentence where it could be confused with the word resume, then you would want to add the accents in order to clarify. The idea of language is to portray an idea from one person to another; if what you say gets the idea across, you need not look back on it.

Nick November 15, 2011, 8:28am

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