During final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Picard is moving back and forth in time and we can see three timelines: current, past and future. Two times during his "visit" to the past timeline he says
that spatial anomaly in the Devron system is much bigger in the past.
How can this be? How can he say "in the past", if he is already in the past, in the chronologically first of all three timelines presented in this episode (with the short exception of "the Paris" motif, but that doesn't count here).
There is no "past" or "earlier timeline" from his perspective, when he is saying that two times. So, shouldn't he rather say "it is smaller in the future" in this case?