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Political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat suggested that it was Amanah/Pakatan Harapan operators who are attempting to weaken PAS by accusing the Islamist party of compromising its previous stands on many issues.

This is a statement taken from a newspaper. Why the author used "are attempting" instead of "were attempting"? Is it grammatically wrong?

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teal desk 749Why the author used "are attempting"

Not grammatical.

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Why did the author use "are attempting"

CJ

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teal desk 749This is a statement taken from a newspaper. Why the author used "are attempting" instead of "were attempting"? Is it grammatically wrong?

Interesting. That "that it was" has almost subjunctive force with "suggest". You can't write "were attempting" because that's not what you mean. You can change "it was" to "it is", but I'm fine with "it was".

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Thank you so much.

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