'It will take a while to locate a paperwork for 2 years ago'

I think this sentence sounds weird, future tense and past tense are mixed. Is this sentence correct?

  • will you please tell us at least the verbs which are in the past and in the future? The ones which are mixed?
    – virolino
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 11:34
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    The only verb form in the cited text is will take. But there's nothing wrong with, say, It will take a while to find out what happened yesterday. Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 11:46

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Grammar purists would say that 'for' should be replaced with 'from', however this is reasonably common in general usage.

Expanding the last bit a little makes it much more normal, e.g. "... paperwork for something that happened two years ago."

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