RE: a question about verb tense/is or was?

Subject: RE: a question about verb tense/is or was?
From: "Steve Hudson" <steve -at- wright -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 10:59:59 +1100

I use future tense wherever possible. Present isnt appropriate as RIGHT NOW
the scorer AINT doing squat.

However, he WILL at some point.


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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-62124 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Cummings,
Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, 21 March 2001 03:05
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: a question about verb tense/is or was?


Hi. I don't even know how to explain this scenario--which presents some
challenges in conducting a worthwhile search of the archives, of manuals of
style, and so forth.

Which of the following phrases is correct/better/the one to use--and why?
Nevermind the wordiness of these definitions; I'm well aware of it. I just
need input on whether to use present or past tense here, and in similar
scenarios (a rule of thumb is most welcome.). I think I should use the
present--because in the context of this situation, the submitted score will
never change--but "it sounds funny".

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number of times the scorer submitted a score for a response that *is* one
point lower than that which another scorer submitted.

OR

number of times the scorer submitted a score for a student response that
*was* one point lower than that which another scorer submitted.
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