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Actually I have two questions:

  1. Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple together in the sentence: 'He looked stunned when he realized that she lives here'?! I know about Sequence of tenses but I'm confused with this sentence!
  2. Which is correct 'he looked stunned' or 'he was stunned'?!
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  • Either "looked stunned" or "was stunned" is equally good. Which one to use depends on other factors. – Peter Jul 20 '20 at 7:56
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He looked stunned when he realized that she lives here.

Yes. The sentence is fine if she still lives there. However, the past sentence is still preferred regardless of whether she still lives there or not.

He looked stunned when he realized that she lived there.

This is due to the phenomenon called 'back-shift'.

In English grammar, backshift is the changing of a present tense to a past tense following a past form of a reporting verb. Also known as sequence-of-tense rule. (Nordquist, 2018)

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