Past tense and present tense mixed into one statement--an exception that makes it right?


I know that we should always strive to maintain consistency in the usage of tense when writing. However, I have to believe there must be an exception, here and there.  Here's what I mean:  "What you wrote is wrong."  Of course, someone will say it should say, "What you wrote was wrong."  However, can I make the argument that "What you wrote is wrong" is acceptable (even for the scholarly audience bent on grammar correctness) because I want to make the point of highlighting the wrong? I mean, hypothetically, the only reason I'd write, "What you wrote is wrong," is discuss the very contention of the erroneous matter.  Please tell me that there exists this exception.  I know that generally there are exceptions to such tense-consistency writing--even backshifting--when discussing a universal truth.  I want to know that there is an exception to make "What you wrote is wrong" grammtically correct--even to the most pendatic writer.  So, please, help--I need experts to instill my confidence in grammatical statements like "What you wrote is wrong."  Thanks in advance! 

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Would this statement be correct:'Vision Z concluded its Optical Mission last October 3, 2015, and gears up team to further their goal.'

link comment answered Dec 03 '15 at 07:26 Isabelle New member

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