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Jack's parents' hopes were dashed on Tuesday when they finally learned that Jack was dead. (This sentence is extracted from one of today's newspapers.)
Is it possible to use 'is' since Jack is dead, not was dead?
Thanks in advance.
Re: is/was dead
No. The main clause is in the past tense so, in this case, the second part has to be too.
Originally Posted by Tan Elaine
They learned that he was dead. (past).
They are being told he is dead. (present).
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