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    Default Re: "Today is" in a diary

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If I were writing in the diary at the beginning of the day, I would use "Today is Mother's Day and we are going to Disneyland. I'm really excited!" The present tense refers to the present for Mother's Day and to the future with "we are going" to Disneyland.

    Thanks emsr2d2. I fully understand the above.

    If I were writing in the diary at the end of the day, after the trip, I would say "It was Mother's Day today and we went to Disneyland. Disneyland is fantastic!"

    I fully understand the above.

    I would use the past tense for what today was, where you went but you can still say that Disneyland "is" fantastic because, in your opinion, that's a permanent fact.
    I fully understand that we can still say that Disneyland "is" fantastic because, in my opinion, that's a permanent fact.
    However, I am a little bit confused with the meaning of "I would use the past tense for what today was" . Do you mean we can say "Today was Mother's day" or "It was Mother's Day today"

    Many thanks, again.






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    Default Re: "Today is" in a diary

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    I fully understand that we can still say that Disneyland "is" fantastic because, in my opinion, that's a permanent fact.
    However, I am a little bit confused with the meaning of "I would use the past tense for what today was" . Do you mean we can say "Today was Mother's day" or "It was Mother's Day today"

    Many thanks, again.

    Both of those are fine. The word order is irrelevant (as long as it's grammatically correct), I was simply saying that even if it is still Mother's Day when you write the diary (perhaps you are writing it in the evening), you can use "was".

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