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    Post is, was or were?

    Can someone please help with the following sentence?

    1- Disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who is/ was/ were found guilty of violation.

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    Re: is, was or were?

    Your text says "anyone", so "were" does not match.

    Disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who is/was found guilty of a violation.
    "is" or "was" depends on whether you are expecting to find a guilty person (then choose "is"), or if you already have determined who the guilty person is (then choose "was").

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    Re: is, was or were?

    I agree with you about the tenses, CD, but not about the 'find'. Nobody is going to find, or has found, anybody. We are talking about somebody who may be, or has been, found guilty of violation. The people who are going to take disciplinary action are not necessarily the same people who found, or may find, someone guilty of violation.

    Incidentally, Dawood Usmani, I would normally expect to find something, such as 'of the rules' after 'violation'.

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