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    was chalked up in the last three years

    "Some observers have suggested that the lion's share of the debt was chalked up in the last three years."

    I would change "was chalked up" to "has been." Is it OK ?
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    Re: was chalked up in the last three years

    *not a teacher

    Changing "was chalked up" to "has been" alone is not a good idea. The debt has been what in the last three years?

    There are a few words which could fit in your new sentence. "Incurred" is a good word for gaining debt, or "accumulated".

    "Some observers have suggested that the lion's share of the debt has been incurred in the last three years."

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    Re: was chalked up in the last three years

    Perhaps it's just BrE, but for me 'chalked up' is fine, informally.

    The past simple is also fine. 'In the last three years' has the idea of 'at some past-time(s) during the three years just ended'.

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    Re: was chalked up in the last three years

    Oh, chalked up is fine! I thought he just wanted to change it!

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    Re: was chalked up in the last three years

    Quote Originally Posted by montfan View Post
    Oh, chalked up is fine! I thought he just wanted to change it!
    Thank you guys. No doubt the past simple is fine. I was going to ask you if you would use it to say that it had been happening up the moment of speaking?

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