I had hoped to visit the gallery before I left Florence, but it's closed on Monday.

Q1 : Shouldn't it be it was closed ?

Q2 : Does present simple Imply more definite sense ? I mean "it is closed" imply that It has been closed on Monday from the Ice-age to the current moment !

Q3: Is it grammatical to use tenses in above sequence, Past Perfect, Past Simple and Present ?

It must be noted the highlighted sentece belong to cambridge grammar book.

1 Answer 1


It's fine.

The present tense here is a 'generic': it's always closed on Monday, within the timeframe we're concerned with. (This would be reinforced if Monday were Mondays, but that's not necessary.) The 'present' is a very loose notion, defined pragmatically by the context: if you're talking about my trips you're pretty much excluding most of recorded history as irrelevant to the conversation.

  • I am surprised. The apostrophe-s is as much a contraction for was as it is for is. What makes you or Cardinal think that "it's" means "it is"? Aug 26, 2015 at 0:51
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    @VictorBazarov Eh? It's can represent it has, but I don't remember ever encountering it as it was. ... and even if it did, that wouldn't work in OP's context. Aug 26, 2015 at 1:02
  • Huh... I must have remembered wrong... Or I was taught in the wrong school. Sorry, mates! Aug 26, 2015 at 1:10
  • @StoneyB yes, it is "Mondays" in the book.
    – Cardinal
    Aug 26, 2015 at 7:41
  • Besides is and has, it occasionally represents does: "What's this mean?"
    – user230
    Sep 25, 2015 at 3:21

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