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    Smile A Question on Tenses (Simple present and simple past)

    When I refer to the terms stated in a contract which has been executed, which is more acceptable?

    1. The contract says that you ARE to pay me the balance upon the delivery of the goods; or

    2. The contract says that you WERE to pay me the balance upon the delivery of the goods?

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    Re: A Question on Tenses (Simple present and simple past)

    If the balance didn't get paid, then the past tense works for me.

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    Lightbulb Re: A Question on Tenses (Simple present and simple past)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If the balance didn't get paid, then the past tense works for me.
    Tdol, thank you for your prompt reply. :)

    Perhaps I have not presented my question so clearly. Actually my question goes like this: say the both of us have entered into a business contract previously, and all the terms therein have been duly executed (including payment). However, we now have to go to court for a lawsuit and the contract is involved. When my lawyer examines you as a witness, should he say (1) The contract says that you ARE to pay my client the balance upon the delivery of the goods; or (2) The contract says that you WERE to pay my client the balance upon the delivery of the goods; or a third alternative?

    Thank you again and my apologies for all the trouble.

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    Re: A Question on Tenses (Simple present and simple past)

    I would probably use said/ stated were as the lawsuit is not about this. (Not a lawyer)

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