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I saw this sentence yesterday and it's bugging me: she still exercised every day.

My question: What is the reason for using past tense in this sentence? Shouldn't it be in the present tense? Can someone explain the grammatical rule behind this?

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  • It is past tense. The present tense would be 'She still exercises every day'. Jan 23 at 13:48
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She exercises every day.

would be a common way to describe her routine.

Last time I (had) checked (on her), she still exercised every day.

would also be a correct sentence describing her routine in the past.

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