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    #1

    which is/was

    According to the survey, the percentage of male students with perfect attendance was 78%, which is (was?) lower than 91%, the percentage shown for female student this year.

    In the above sentence, should I say “which is” or “which was”? The survey was conducted in the past, but the percentages in the result are still the same now, so I’m not sure if I should use “is” or “was” here.

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    #2

    Re: which is/was

    I would use "is."

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    #3

    Re: which is/was

    78% is lower than 91%, and always will be; therefore, "is" is proper.



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    #4

    Re: which is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    According to the survey, the percentage of male students with perfect attendance was 78%, which is (was?) lower than 91%, the percentage shown for female students this year.

    In the above sentence, should I say “which is” or “which was”? The survey was conducted in the past, but the percentages in the result are still the same now, so I’m not sure if I should use “is” or “was” here.
    78% will always be lower than 91%. There's not much point in saying it.
    ... which is lower than the 91% of female students with perfect attendance. (The "lower than" is still not needed.)
    ... compared to 91% of female students with perfect attendance.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: which is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    According to the survey, the percentage of male students with perfect attendance was 78%, which is (was?) lower than 91%, the percentage shown for female student this year.

    In the above sentence, should I say “which is” or “which was”? The survey was conducted in the past, but the percentages in the result are still the same now, so I’m not sure if I should use “is” or “was” here.
    According to the survey, the percentage of male students with perfect attendance this year (78%) was lower than that of female students (91%).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: which is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    78% will always be lower than 91%. There's not much point in saying it.
    ... which is lower than the 91% of female students with perfect attendance. (The "lower than" is still not needed.)
    ... compared to 91% of female students with perfect attendance.
    Shouldn't it be "compared with"?

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    Re: which is/was

    'compared to' is fine.

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