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    was/ is

    he wrote his lessons with a very expensive pen
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with is very expensive
    or
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with was very expensive

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    he wrote his lessons with a very expensive pen
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with is very expensive
    or
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with was very expensive
    And what's your question?

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    he wrote his lessons with a very expensive pen
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with is very expensive
    or
    the pen which he wrote the lesson with was very expensive
    Both are fine although I might stick with the past for parallelism

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    Re: was/ is

    The two are rewrited of the first sentence:
    he wrote the lesson with an expensive pen

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    The two are rewrited of the first sentence:
    he wrote the lesson with an expensive pen
    "He wrote with an expensive pen at the lesson." is better than those two.

    Though you can say:The pen which I wrote with at the lesson was expensive. If you usually write with that evpensive pen at the lessons and you still have it you can also say: The pen which I wrote with at the lesson is expensive.

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    "He wrote with an expensive pen at the lesson" is better than those two.
    Correction
    in the lesson
    during the lesson

    All the best.

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Correction
    in the lesson
    during the lesson

    All the best.
    Is "in the lesson" AmE or Canadian?

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    Re: was/ is

    No, I meant, you guys must rewrite the sentence with the clue given, starting with:
    The pen______________

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    Re: was/ is

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    No, I meant, you guys must rewrite the sentence with the clue given, starting with:
    The pen______________
    Yes, Belly_T, we know! Sometimes people get distracted by other things On that note, I think Harry & Casiopea may have missed "the lesson" meaning anyway...(???) I believe your sentence is referring to the actual paper lesson, what is usually called "an exercise" (here in Canada), or perhaps "a worksheet", so the preposition discussion is moot. (to be fair though, Harry, are you stating "at the lesson" is a BrE collocation?)
    As to your question, to recap, is/was are both acceptable; "is" if it is still true; "was" if it was true then or to maintain tense consistency in the sentence as a whole!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Yes, Belly_T, we know! Sometimes people get distracted by other things On that note, I think Harry & Casiopea may have missed "the lesson" meaning anyway...(???) I believe your sentence is referring to the actual paper lesson, what is usually called "an exercise" (here in Canada), or perhaps "a worksheet", so the preposition discussion is moot. (to be fair though, Harry, are you stating "at the lesson" is a BrE collocation?)
    As to your question, to recap, is/was are both acceptable; "is" if it is still true; "was" if it was true then or to maintain tense consistency in the sentence as a whole!
    Yes, I just wanted to know if "in the lesson" really means "during the lesson".
    I must say I often come across to "at the lesson" meaning "during the lesson".

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