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    Doubt in tense (present or past)


    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.
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    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.)

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    Re: Doubt in tense (present or past)

    It should be "was". It clearly happened in the past.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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