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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