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If you think the answer to be B, you could probably be thinking that since the artist who spat at the fans last week is the exact same artist that the writer is commenting on as he made that statement, it should still be in the present tense. However, that should apply only if the main emphasis or focus of the sentence was on the artist.

For this particular sentence, the emphasis is on the act of spitting at fans by the artist, which happened at a specific point in time.

It would be different if the sentence was phrased as such to make the artist the emphasis:

  • He is the artist that everyone is talking about for spitting at fans during a concert last week.
  • He is the artist known for spitting at his fans during a concert last week.
  • He is the artist that is famous for spitting at fans during a concert last week.

 

The first sentence places the artist as the focus or emphasis by making the artist “someone that everyone is currently talking about”.

The second sentence does the same by making the artist “someone that is currently well-known to everyone”.

The third sentence does the same by making the artist “someone who is currently famous”.

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Thanks Adwin for the detailed answer! It’s very clear!

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B

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spat and last week (past tenses) ——-> was (past tense).

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I think we don’t need to make tense consistent all the times….

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I concur but in this case, substitute “spat at the fans” with “died” and one could see that C would be the only answer. 

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I see. Thanks for the explanation! 

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You are welcome!

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