I have this sentence
Figure 2 shows a screenshot of a dialogue for creating an anchor. In this dialogue, the anchor ( has been / is / was ?) specified by a text pattern.
I don't want to say how something is performed, but to say what you see there.
Present tense implies to me that I am saying the anchor is always specified by a a text pattern, while I mean in the case you see in the figure as you see the anchor is (or has been) specified with a text pattern. (in Persian we use Past perfect for such cases)
Does the present tense convey my meaning? Then how I could use this tense to say a fact or instruction.
Then how do you differentiate the second sentence below:
- As you see the summer is hot (the summer of 1995 in the picture was hot)
- As you see the summer is hot (summer is always hot)
In general, when we describe an image or a figure which both the speaker and listener are aware of it, which tense should be used?