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But do I write in the imperfect or the perfect if the bullet point is in the perfect tense
When talking about past events/situations, we mix imperfect an perfect, but we tend to use imperfect with the auxiliary verbs "haben/sein" and most times with the modal verbs (können, müssen, dürfen, sollen, wollen, 'nicht brauchen').
From a practice 90-word essay task that was posted in this forum:
Schreib etwas über ... / Write something about ...
• Warum du in dem Hotel warst. / Why you were in that Hotel.
• Was die Probleme im Hotel waren. / What the problems in that hotel were.
=> You write about past motivations, a past situation, so you mainly use imperfect (simple past) and perfect (present perfect). German speakers, especially in speaking, tend to use a lot more perfect tense (present perfect tense) to say things that English speakers (especially Americans) would say in imperfect (simple past tense).However, Germans would still tend to use imperfect in the past tense with "haben/sein" as well as with the modal verbs (können, wollen, müssen, dürfen, sollen, 'nicht brauchen').
• Was jetzt passieren soll. / What should happen or be done now.
=> Referring to the present time, so it's present tense.
• Was du nächstes Jahr in den Ferien machen wirst. / What you will do next year.
=> Referring to the future, so future tense and present tense are used.