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    Present vs past tense.

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    Which tense is a proper way to write this sentence when drafting a policy?

    "If a new employee failed/fails to meet the work requirements, he/she shall be dismissed immediately."

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    Re: Present vs past tense.

    'Failed' is the past subjunctive rather than the past tense.

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    he/she shall
    'Shall is now only used with I and we, and often sounds formal and old-fashioned.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../english/shall

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    Re: Present vs past tense.

    If you use "shall" or "will" in the main clause, you should use "fails" in the "if" clause.

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