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    Default Re: I tried to do so several times, but the fact is/was that I failed.

    Thank you all. I know that when I am talking to foreigners, I can dodge some usages unfamiliar, but it will be slipshod, and I am interested in knowing how to explain the grammar behind.

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    Default Re: I tried to do so several times, but the fact is/was that I failed.

    How about the following sentence:

    America is/was the first and only country to establish a republican without failure.

    If I use was, won't there be implications that America is now not?

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    Default Re: I tried to do so several times, but the fact is/was that I failed.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    How about the following sentence:

    America is/was the first and only country to establish a republic without failure.

    If I use was, won't there be implications that America is now not?
    No, it's OK with either "is" or "was". It's factually incorrect though.

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    Default Re: I tried to do so several times, but the fact is/was that I failed.

    Thank you.

    I know I can simplify the things, but I hope to know which form of verb I should use.

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