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    Is/was supposed to

    Hi everyone,

    Is it possible to say "This incident is supposed to have a world-changing effect on medicine" when one is talking about the past? Like the incident already happened about 200 years ago but it had a significant effect on medicine.
    Or do I have to say that it was supposed to have.. ?

    Thank you






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    Re: Is/was supposed to

    Because it is in the past tense you would have tosay "This incident was suppose to have had a world-chaning effect on medicine" Note the 'have had'.
    However if it is something that has certainly happened, you could simply use the past perfect saying "This incident had a world-chaning effect on medicine"

    I hope this helps!
    TMF

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