General Writing and Grammar Help/To this day

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Dear Ted:

Which tense should I use with "to this day"?

Would you please give me some examples?

BTW, is it correct to call "to this day" a prepositional phrase?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

"To this day" is a prepositional phrase, meaning "up to the moment of speaking."  [PRESENT]

Although people ride their bicycles everywhere, to this day no one has pedaled to the top of Mt. Everest.

The police, to this day, have no suspects in the kidnapping case of last year.

Bill quit smoking 10 years ago.  To this day, he has not touched a cigarette.

Ted

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