If my general tense for the essay is in the past tense, but I'm quoting something I said on that equation, than can that quote be in the present tense. Moreover, is it absolutely necessary that I stick to a particual tense(past, present,future) throughout the essay?

See example:

After realizing the fragility of life, I asked myself, ''If something like this happens to me today, will I be satisfied leaving this world''?
asked Nov 29 '11 at 02:28 Sarib Haroon New member

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Yes, you should always keep the same tense throughout an essay.  But yes, when quoting someone it can be in a different tense.


Every year on her birthday she said, "I am happy."


As we arrive at the forest, I tell my friend, "We used to hike here when I was young."

link comment answered Nov 29 '11 at 05:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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