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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) not as tall as British men...
Is it appropriate to shift tense here? Or do I use the past tense throughout? The narrator is stating a fact about a fictional world in my story.
Hope my question and explanation makes sense. Thanks!