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    present past tense

    Hi,
    Tenses are sometimes confusing.

    In the next sentence, the underlined was attacked is okay or should I write is attacked because all the other verbs are present tense.

    Just before starting Tom's surgery, the doctor is informed that the operating room is needed right away for a thirteen-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark. A short time later, Tom is told that the victim is his own daughter.

    Thanks.

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    Re: present past tense

    No that's normal if you're narrating something in the present.
    If it was narrated in the past, then you'd write "who had been attacked" - the past perfect, hence also one step back in time.

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    Re: present past tense

    Thanks a lot for the clear answer.

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    Re: present past tense

    hhs010120, there is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

    Additionally, there is no such thing as the present past tense.
    A better title would have been Was attacked/is attacked.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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