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Funeral services for Abigail Young and Matthew Young will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church.
Posted by John McIntyre at 7:28 AM | | Comments (5)


"Obiturary"? What am I missing in this misspelling of "obituary"?

Thank you for keeping us apprised, John.

Which is correct
He was survived by
He is survived by
and why?

"He was survived by" suggests, in a narrow sense, that the people named were alive at the moment of his death. "He is survived by," the likelier construction, suggests that the people named are still alive at the time of publication.

I'm guessing he is survived ... Though he may be in the past tense, by definition those who survive are in the present.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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