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    #1

    has written things that were incomprehensible/tense question

    Which is correct:

    1) He has been writing poetry for twenty years now. He has written a number of poems that were incomprehensible. He had to rewrite them.


    2) He has been writing poetry for twenty years now. He wrote a number of poems that were incomprehensible. He had to rewrite them.


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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: has written things that were incomprehensible/tense question

    I'd use #1, as the tenses match and he has probably not finished writing incomprehensible poetry.

    If he's dead or will definitely write no more poetry, start #2 with 'He wrote poetry for 20 years'.

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