shows percentage of people who <smoked / smoke> between 1960 and 2000

eyeball_tickler

Member
Japanese
For example, I’ve got a line graph titled “% of population who smoke every day”, and it shows the percentage change from 1960 to 2000, so that’s clearly in the past.

I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to stick to past simple in general, but my question is, should it be

a) According to the graph that shows the percentage of people who SMOKED every day between 1960 and 2000…
or
b)According to the graph that shows the percentage of people who SMOKE every day between 1960 and 2000…?

or perhaps neither is correct……?

Thanks a lot in advance!
 
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    If it's in the past, it's in the past. Nobody smokes in 1960, 1961, ...., 2000, they can only smoke in 2014.
     
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