What are the rules for tense consistency? I'm pretty sure that's a problem spot for me. Whenever I look at my papers it's with a critical eye for "wtf, am I consistent with my tenses? what the deuce?" I am posting this with the hope that others have the same problem as me. It's a risk; maybe I'm a dumbass. But often it's my interpretation that my teachers have said, "Be consistent!" But often being consistent goes against your thesis, and the message you're trying to get along, I find. "She did this." but in my opinion, one should do this." Admittedly, I just made that up. But I really do have problems with tenses. What are the rules, Fraggle? I mean, I'm not lazy and such. I'm going to look it up on Google and find out. But I suspect that many others have this problem and not just me.