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Please help me choose the correct verb tense with ever:

William Shakespeare is the best playwright who ever lived/has ever lived.

William Shakespeare was the best playwright who ever lived/has ever lived.

William Shakespeare is one of the best playwrights who have ever lived/ever lived.

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The following are the normal expressions:

  • William Shakespeare is the best playwright who ever lived.

  • William Shakespeare was the best playwright who ever lived.

  • William Shakespeare is one of the best playwrights who ever lived.

The following are more awkward and uncommon but probably grammatically correct:

  • William Shakespeare was the best playwright who has ever lived.
  • William Shakespeare is the best playwright who has ever lived.
  • William Shakespeare is one of the best playwrights who has ever lived.
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