Hello EnglishForward.com,

I am doing a written report about a building design plan. My problem is I don't know which tense I should use for the report. I am thinking that it should be the future tense but I doubt it since the plan was already executed. Should I use "would's" instead of "will's"?

Also, is it okay to shift the tense in a paragraph wherever I find it appropriate?



P.S. I would also appreciate if you'll comment about the grammar of this post. Thank you!
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Hello, mingresque—and welcome to English Forums.

Please post at least a portion of the text that concerns you. It is difficult to judge verb tense in isolation. However: yes, of course you need to change tenses as appropriate.

Your post is OK.
Hello Mister Micawber,

Thanks for the response (and also for the welcome)!

And sorry for not including the text. Here's a portion of the rough draft:

The design, which involved the entire façade of the building, was a collaboration between the three programs of the college belonging to the Façade committee. According to the committee, it would be the college’s first time to have its entire façade (versus only the college’s entrance) be designed .


The façade of the four-storey CAMP building will feature a six-foot-high star on the leftmost corner (northeast side) of the last floor. On each side of the star will be two angels, each blowing a trumpet. Various musical notes (e.g., G-clef, half note) will be seen coming from the trumpets’ bells and intertwining with a number of stars with smaller dimensions corresponding to the rays of light from the largest star. Both of which will be decorated diagonally across the building’s height.

[end here]

Please be reminded sir that the plan was already executed. (The designing was for a competition and the winners have already been decided.)

Thanks again!

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Your extract has various other problems, the most noticeable being the overuse of parenthetical remarks, which should not be used at all in well-composed formal writing.

The design, which involved/involves the entire façade of the building, was a collaboration among the three programs of the college belonging to the Façade Committee. According to the committee, this was the first time for the college to have its entire façade designed.


The façade of the four-storey CAMP building features a six-foot-high star on the northeast corner of the top storey. On each side of the star are two angels blowing trumpets. Musical notes emerge from the trumpets and intertwine with smaller stars that radiate from the large star and spread decoratively across the face of the building.
Hello again Mister Micawber,

Thank you for the corrections! About your comment on my overusing parenthetical remarks, I'll keep that in mind.

Anyway sir, despite your having corrected a portion of the draft, I still cannot justify why I should use present tense in this case. The plan was executed though not every part of it was followed. The designs the text is referring to are also temporarily placed for the contest; the design might as well have been already removed by this time.

If you don't mind sir, could you clarify it for me?

BTW sir, I'm including this part on my report to compare the plan with what has been really done. So I was thinking that I'll use past tense for the latter and for the former, ehr, I don't know---though you hinted that it should be the present tense.

Uh, that's all. Sorry if my asking is going overboard. Thanks again!

The design is completed, but the facade is not yet built, right?
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The facade we're talking about is the face of the building, so it's already built.

Also, the text that I posted above talks about the plan for the design.

The design is completed, though it does not completely stay true to the original plan, i.e., the plan mentioned in the text.

I apologize if I sound too confusing sir.

So if both the design and the facade are completed, use precisely what I gave you in my previous post. You have a choice of past or present in the first verb because the design is still in evidence today. The paper it is drawn on is irrelevant: the design is a concept which is still there. Whether the facade adheres exactly to the design or not is irrelevant also.
Ohh, I got it now.

Thanks sir!

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