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Tense Conscious

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Yihong Zhang, an interpreter of Guangdong, distinguishes “among” from “between” and “amid” in her article of translation skills with an example of a slogan from a Soviet poster: “Lenin was always among the people”.

No doubt “among” should be used here. 

Yet the sentence correct doesn’t mean the idea correct. Time always has a final say. Remember the poster is a propaganda picture in the era of the USSR with dominant images of Lenin and Stalin  on it.  In other words, is it appropriate today to convey an idea of Kim Il Sung, Lenin equivalent figure in North Korea, “used to be” always among the Korean people? 

Ms Zhang is not wrong; her quote of  the slogan  can well be “ tensely” reviewed.  

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