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  1. taylornicole
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    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".


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    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"

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