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The number of humanitarian workers in Darfur had been increasing steadily since 2003 and had reached a record 17700 in January 2009 (OCHA-Sudan 1/1/2009).

The number of humanitarian workers in Darfur has been increasing steadily since 2003 and reached a record 17700 in January 2009 (OCHA-Sudan 1/1/2009).

Hi all

If you are quoting data from reports, what tense should you use?

Thanks

PBF
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Well, you don't seem to be quoting (since there are no quotation marks), but reporting. Therefore:

The number of humanitarian workers in Darfur had been increasing steadily since 2003 and reached a record 17700 in January 2009 (OCHA-Sudan 1/1/2009).
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The tense you use should be consistent with what is in the report itself:

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Thanks for your replies.

MM, if the number of humanitarian workers is still increasing yet the source is not up to date, can I say '...has been increasing...'?

Thanks

PBF
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Peaceblinkfriendif the number of humanitarian workers is still increasing yet the source is not up to date, can I say '...has been increasing...'?
Yes, if that is still a known fact. Then you might have to cite both sources.