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    it was(is) unclear...

    Final rates for this year’s count will not be posted until early May, so it was unclear whether this year’s unprecedented publicity and marketing campaigns had reversed a decades-long decline. ---taken from the NYT

    Dear teacher,

    I am wondering whether the tenses of red verbs are wrongly used. To me,
    it should read "it is unclear .......have reversed a decades-long decline". Could you nicely tell me if my reworded and the original are both fine?
    Thanks.


    LQZ

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    Re: it was(is) unclear...

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Final rates for this year’s count will not be posted until early May, so it was unclear whether this year’s unprecedented publicity and marketing campaigns had reversed a decades-long decline. ---taken from the NYT

    Dear teacher,

    I am wondering whether the tenses of red verbs are wrongly used. To me,
    it should read "it is unclear .......have reversed a decades-long decline". Could you nicely tell me if my reworded and the original are both fine?
    Thanks.


    LQZ
    In my opinion, your reworded version is much better! Unless there is something else in the rest of the article explaining why they would use the past tenses, I agree with you that "is" and "have" are much better choices. My only other suggestion is that they could say "it is unclear if....... will have reversed.......".

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    Re: it was(is) unclear...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my opinion, your reworded version is much better! Unless there is something else in the rest of the article explaining why they would use the past tenses, I agree with you that "is" and "have" are much better choices. My only other suggestion is that they could say "it is unclear if....... will have reversed.......".

    Thanks emsr2d2.

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