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my work is always about writing a report, which means it will be written in the past tense form.So I've always come across this kind of confusion

I want to write it in the past tense

- the sale had increased significantly...

- the sale had increased significantly...

or should I just use

- the sales has increased significantly...

hope anyone can explain this:)

Minden, Malaysia
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Here are various versions in the past tense:

Sales increased significantly.

Sales were increasing significantly.

Sales have increased significantly.

Sales had increased significantly.

Sales had been increasing significantly.

The past tense you choose depends on the context. Here are some examples:

Last year, sales increased significantly because the economy improved and our products were highly rated compared to our competitors.

Sales were increasing until the debt crisis hit. Then they suddenly plunged.

Over the past three months, sales have increased significantly as compared with the same period last year.
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what tense is the following sentence


They have increased their sales. Present perfect.

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what tense is the following sentence


They have increased their sales

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