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    Default what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    I would like write this sentence: "I believe that any metodology is good in relation with the context"

    is it good?! or I have to write "I believe that any metodology was good in relation with the context"...

    or both are wrong !?

    thanks for helps

    foo

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    Could you explain the meaning of the sentence you are trying to write?

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    I'm writing of two software methodologies...
    I would like explain that It is not important only the methodology but also the context in which it is used...
    some methodologies are good for big projects, while others are good for small projects.

    But the question is more general, after the sentence "I believe" what is the tense have to be used !?

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    I believe that it is ...
    I believe that it was ...
    I believe that it will be ...


    I believe that any methodology is good in relation to its context.

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    thanks a lot!

    how to know when use: is, was or will be ?!

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    I believe that something is good right now.
    I believe that something was good in the past.
    I believe that something will be good in the future.

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    Default Re: what is the tense to use after the "I believe" sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by foo View Post
    thanks a lot!

    how to know when use: is, was or will be ?!
    You are commenting on something which is relevant now. You are explaining that it is not only the methodology which is important, but also the context in which it is used.

    So you use is.

    The context of the methodology is important (now).

    If you are commenting on an idea which was relevant in the past you would use was.

    The context of the methodology was important (in the past).

    If you want to refer to the future (to make a prediction or judgement) you would use will be.

    The context of the methodology will be important (in the future).

    I'm not a teacher.

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