Scientific Language: Tense

The tense of verbs will vary in the results stage, generally between the simple present and simple past. The most usual tense found in the results is the simple past. Simple present is used to refer to what figures and tables show and to make generalisations about the results. You need to be careful about what generalisations you make, as these are more appropriate in the discussion section. The model text provides a good guideline for tense choices in the results.


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