I'm trying to contrast how I'm doing different things in two different times. My sentence is:

"Then and now I (am/was) doing different things."

Which form of "be" is correct in this case? Or are they both wrong?

  • I do different things as I did in the past.
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 6:56

1 Answer 1


"Then and now" usually implies the same action or state of being ("I've known him for twenty years and he's kind of a jerk, then and now"). To contrast different ones, you should replace the word "and" with the word "versus":

"I was doing different things then versus now."

Or separate the "then" part from the "now" part:

"I am doing different things now than I was then.

In both cases, however, your verb agreement is determined by whichever time (past or present) comes first.

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