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It IS/WAS estimated that people consumed a lot of bottled water in 2015.

In the sentence above, is and was both are possible? Then how the nuance is different? If there is no difference, which is more natural?

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I don't know what you mean by "nuisance" in this context.

It was estimated that people consumed a lot of bottled water in 2015.

This means that the estimation/study was carried out at some point in the past.


It is estimated that people consumed a lot of bottled water in 2015.

This refers to the current estimate. It is possible that the current estimate is different from the past estimate.

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  • Ah, then if the research is done currently, then "is estimated "will be used, right? Mar 31 '19 at 13:54

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