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    djtizzlemaster is offline Newbie
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    My paper has to be written in the present tense, but the work I am quoting is written in the past tense. Which one of these works better, #1 or #2?

    #1: He proves that he has self-control when he "went for three days without without eating, drinking, or sleeping."

    #2: He proves that he has self-control when he "[goes] for three days without without eating, drinking, or sleeping."

    I'm thinking #2, but in the actual quote I'm using there are several past-tense verbs, so it would be rather cluttered with brackets.

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    Default Re: integrating past-tense quotes into present-tense essay

    Quote Originally Posted by djtizzlemaster View Post
    My paper has to be written in the present tense, but the work I am quoting is written in the past tense. Which one of these works better, #1 or #2?

    #1: He proves that he has self-control when he "went for three days without without eating, drinking, or sleeping." (extra without)

    #2: He proves that he has self-control when he "[goes] for three days without without eating, drinking, or sleeping."

    I'm thinking #2, but in the actual quote I'm using there are several past-tense verbs, so it would be rather cluttered with brackets.
    Number 1 is almost correct. The past tense is used since this is when the condition proving he has self-control happened.

    Properly written it would be like this:

    He proves that he has self-control since he "went for three days without eating, drinking, or sleeping."

    I suppose you could use because instead of since as well but I think since is better.

    Number 2 could be made correct if you are talking about a future event

    He will prove that he has self-control when he "goes for three days without eating, drinking, or sleeping."

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