I read the was vs. is post from this month, and I still have a question:
Our grandmother moved into a new, local retirement home one month ago. One year ago, she lived in a different, local retirement home. It also happens that a friend of our family might be moving into a local retirement home. Is it correct to say: "Wouldn't it be funny if (the friend) moved into the same place Grandmother was?" if they're referring to our grandmother's new retirement home? To me, that statement seems to be referring to her old retirement home.
Your suggestion sounds correct. Is the other way of saying it (the one from my first post in thread) also correct? Someone whom I consider to have a good grasp of english grammar explained to me that it is, but it just doesn't strike me as correct. Thank you.
I agree that your example about a pregnant wife rings true. I wonder if the rule in that example is to match the tenses ("what if I TOLD you my wife WAS going to have a baby?")
But the 'wife having a baby' example sounds correct to my ears. In contrast, something like: "Wouldn't it be funny if Sam moved to the same city where Mom was (living)?" sounds like it's referring to a city where ones mom lived in the past.
Alternatively, something like "Wouldn't it be funny if Sam MOVED to the same city where Mom WAS going to move" does sound correct to me. It also seems to follow the pattern of your example.
Tenses are my biggest challenge. Would love to hear which comprehensive source on tenses you or a moderator might recommend. Thanks for your help!