• It was not about me Now I have to rise above

In this sentence structure, was and have are used together. Is this the correct form? If yes, can we join the part with past tense and the part with present tense, connecting them with a comma? Like this:

  • It was not about me, now I have to rise above...
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    I edited your question; the answer is "Yes". But I prefer a semicolon, as you saw in the previous sentence. – Brian Hitchcock Aug 8 '15 at 8:59
  • Is your first example not missing a period after me? – Greenonline Nov 12 '15 at 3:11

There is no rule prohibiting different time references within a single sentence. Whether it's "correct" is a matter of whether there is good reason for it.

However, joining two independent clauses with a bare comma is usually frowned on; you would do better to join them with a semicolon or a comma + and until you are familiar with accepted uses of the 'comma splice'.

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