ruifeng posted:

--"You bring news, I trust?" (Harry Porter)

Why not the simple past instead?

Hi, Ruifeng,

The simple past would have a totally different meaning. The speaker means to refer to the present, not to the past.

The simple present is being used instead of the present perfect ("You have brought news") or the present progressive ("You are bringing news").

The usage of the simple present here is the same as the one that we often hear in live sports commentary. It is a specialized use of the simple present.

  • He shoots! He scores! The crowd goes wild!

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