one had to wait until the library is/was open.

Ali Smith

Senior Member
Urdu - Pakistan
Hi,

It seems obvious, but still hard to imagine. People had no smartphones, laptops, etc. For example, to start writing a research paper one had to wait until the library is open. And even if it was, it didn’t mean that a student would certainly get the necessary book. Someone else might have taken it.

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Would "was open" have been idiomatic too?

Thanks!
 
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