Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: tense question

  1. #1
    taylornicole Guest

    Default tense question

    "This case study will demonstrate that blacks in Africville lived under horrendous environmental conditions, and the reason for this was racism."

    When I read this I hesitate over the word "was". It seems like it should should stay in the present tense and use "is".

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    16
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: tense question

    Why "stay" in the present when everything in the main sentence is in the past?

    Correct:
    "blacks in Africville *lived* under horrendous environmental conditions, and the reason for this *was* racism"

    Also correct (but with a different meaning):
    "blacks in Africville *live* under horrendous environmental conditions, and the reason for this *is* racism"

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] tense related question
    By sane in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2009, 23:03
  2. [Grammar] Question about past tense
    By hogeun78 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2008, 22:30
  3. another question about tense
    By enydia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-May-2008, 08:17
  4. question of tense
    By enydia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-May-2008, 04:58
  5. Specific question about Present Continuous/Simple Tense
    By learner2007 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Aug-2007, 18:43

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •