I think I may be allergic to shopping malls. I am not sure if my condition ___ officially by medical science but I am sure there are others who suffer as I do. All I have to do is walk inside one of these awful places and within minutes the artificial "day light" from a thousand "soft" lights begins to give me a headache.

The foregoing quote is taken from a student-book for EL. The task is to put the word “record” in a grammatically correct form. So, is it alright to fill in “is recorded” instead of “has been recorded” as it is in the keys?

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Something like this works:

... my condition is recorded officially ...

... my condition has been recorded officially ...

Still, this is just clumsy English. "Is recorded by medical science" is barely idiomatic. You could say that the condition, "is recognized by medical science," or, "is documented in medical journals," or some other variation, but much simpler is something like:

I don't know if mine is a recognized medical condition

  • Thanks! I changed 'verb' to 'word', it's my fault. But are there any signs which point at the Present Perfect form as a preferable one?
    – Aer
    Sep 13, 2018 at 18:18
  • @Aer I'll echo this answer in that I find recorded to be odd. My own preference would be to say is recognized. There is nothing to indicate which verb tense should be used. Either is fine, especially without more context. Sep 13, 2018 at 18:21
  • @JasonBassford got it. But this is another question... It seems like the authors of this text might have missed something in semantics. Btw, I've added more context in the question.
    – Aer
    Sep 13, 2018 at 18:27
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    Matches doesn't work neither semantically (matches what?) nor grammatically (*matches... by medical science). Sep 13, 2018 at 18:28
  • @MaciejStachowski yes, you're right. I've edited.
    – Andrew
    Sep 13, 2018 at 21:55

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