Interested in Language
In the following passage, should the verb be is or was? Occasionally, I get confused in such cases. I would like to know the rule, if there is one.
Concern over the marked and rapid reductions in species numbers throughout America in the nineteenth century created political pressure for federal action. The Lacey Act of 1900 is the first national legislation addressing wildlife protection. It targeted hunting and shipping across state and (eventually with amendments in later years) international lines. Although a weak law by contemporary standards, it represents the first major codification of the nascent conservation movement’s approach to protecting species and natural resources. (This is a para in a chapter I had to edit.)
It should be "was". It clearly happened in the past.
"Invading armies have no rights." Noam Chomsky