Thu 12 May, 2016 05:47 am
I used to smoke when I was younger, but fortunately, I realized how hazardous it is/was and quit.
Which word in bold should I use? Thanks.
Follow the tense of the verb
I realized how hazardous it was and quit.
I realize how hazardous it is and quit.
Still, Punk, "realized" is okay with "is"
It depends on what you're trying to say.
"It is" refers to how hazardous smoking is in general. "It was'' refers specifically to smoking's hazardousness to the narrator.