Some people were debating how excruciatingly unimplementable that decision is.

should the sentence end with 'is' or 'was'. Are they both acceptable?

  • Yes. Nobody cares by the time you get to the end of the sentence, and it adds no information. Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 3:57
  • The difference is semantic (and probably irrelevant). Both are correct grammar. Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 4:44

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In case you are trying to apply here rules applicable for indirect/reported speech ("I always drink coffee", she said. She said that she always drank coffee.)... you don't have to.

...how excruciatingly unimplementable that decision is. (The decision is still to be implemented. But the implementation will inevitably fail.)

...how excruciatingly unimplementable that decision was. (The decision should have been implemented. But the implementation has failed expectedly.)

...how excruciatingly unimplementable that decision would be. (The decision has not been made at all. It remains theoretic.)

  • thank you for the response. This helped a lot :) Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 3:20

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