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    [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    Hi guys, I am writing about a scientific subject regarding a disease in a patient. However, I don't know which tense fits better. Can you give me some advice? I highlighted the 2 verbs in red.

    A female had been seen by another physician with a chief complaint of a painless palpable mass.
    She underwent an excisional biopsy and the histologic examination showed a probable pattern of x.
    Then she came to our hospital.

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    Re: [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    What tense are you suggesting as an alternative?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    The problem is I don't know if the simple past is ok after the past perfect of the first sentence. Those 4 actions (verbs) are consequent to each other, maybe I should use the simple past for all of them...

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    Re: [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    If the subsequent actions happened after the first action, then it's fine.

    She had seen a specialist. She [then] underwent a ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    Past Simple in both cases. It 's just the events that took place in the past. But if you want to emphasise that one happened earlier you can use Past Perfect with undergo.

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    Re: [general] verb tenses in this paragraph

    "A female patient had been seen by another physician with a chief complaint of a painless palpable mass.
    This physician performed/ordered an excision biopsy which, on histological examination, showed a probable pattern of x.
    It was then that she came to our hospital."
    That's all pretty clear.

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