Should it be past tense or present tense, if referring to a previously "current" situation

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Should it be, "It was highlighted that currently, there is no Managing Director on the Board." or, "It was highlighted that currently, there was no Managing Director on the Board.

asked Oct 22 '13 at 02:25 Teh Peng Peng New member

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It would depend on the situation at the present time.

Let's assume you are talking about a meeting that occurred last week, and the board endend up electing a new Managing Director.  You would write:

It was highlighted that at that time, there was no Managing Director on the Board.

That is because there is, at the present time, a Managing Director. I would change 'currently' to 'at that time'.

 

If no Managing Director was elected:

It was highlighted that currently, there is no Managing Director on the Board.

link comment answered Oct 22 '13 at 10:59 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I would like to mention that, based on your definition of the circumstance, this is a perfect time to learn the "past-perfect" tense.

 

"had been highlighted"  (completed past action)

"that there has been no..." (past action ongoing into present)

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