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I've come across a couple of examples of brief biographies where the word "naît" has been used where I would expect to see "né" ("born"). Is it usual for the present (rather than the past) tense to be used when stating when someone was born?
Thanks in advance.
There are two perspectives of this.
1. It could be a form of "factual present" equivalent in English. English sentences of indisputable facts have the present tense as a rule of thumb.
2. Adverbs or prepositional phrases showing tenses are doing the trick.