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First of all, "withheld" means "held something back from," as in "she withheld the cookies from her child" or "he withheld the information from Congress." So it doesn't mean "hold up to" a big storm. The word you want is "survive." Second, Alex almost has it right in his second example. You have a few options in the past tense: The tree was so massive ...


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Your sentences aren't in the present tense. This would be present tense: The tree is so massive it even withheld the strongest storm. Now, regarding your past-tense sentences: The tree was so massive it even withheld the strongest storm. (Not lasting fact) The tree was so massive it could have withhold the strongest storm. (Lasting fact) ...



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