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Shifting tenses in a short story

I am writing a short story using past tense, but I am a little bit confused when it comes to writing this part: She had never seen a man as athletic as him before. She knew Japanese men (were / are) ...
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In a technical environment what is the correct sentence to use when solving a problem

What is the most suitable sentence to use when answering to someone about a problem that they had and we solved it for them: 1- The problem is solved 2- The problem has been solved
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Past perfect needed?

In an essay I'm about to write I'm assessing two products (I used product A but now thinking whether or not the B could have been better). Could I say: ...it is important to perform a comparison ...
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The future as reported in the past

Is (1) correct, or must it be written as (2)? John told me yesterday that this contract will not be renewed when it ends next month. John told me yesterday that this contract would not be ...
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Using knock and knocking

For a Halloween event, I dressed up as a student, knocked on my teacher's doors, and received extra homework. Can this sentence be rewritten using knocking? Is the following grammatically ...