Report writing, do you write in present/past tense?

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lalalalalalamember
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When writing a report about a laboratory experiment, which tense do you write it in? Future tense, present tense or past tense? Which one is correct?

I noticed the essay examples I've read were written in future tense, like "in this experiment we will....", but others in present tense, like "in this experiment are are going to.....".
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Well if it is report on an expirmant you have done, then it should be in the past tense. If you are going to do the experiment, then right it in the future tense. Don't right it in present tense - e.g "Now I am adding solution A to solution B and I can currently see it change colour" or whatever.
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In the past tense and in neuter third-person i.e. "Next the concentration was added.", as opposed to "Next I added the concentration."

Unless it's a logbook of course.
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not great but yeah its past
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u use past tense k be good write
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3rd person or 1st person past, just be bloody consistent and don't swap tenses or perspective
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