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    munchun2004 Guest

    Default She is or she was

    Often from what we hear from other people,
    a) She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.
    b) She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.
    Could somebody tell me what is the difference between the above sentences. I often they are interchangeably used. For example, even the girl is still the most beautiful from all I girls I have seen, sometimes people still prefer sentence a instead of sentence b. Sometimes, things get even worse when they mix the tenses up and become
    c) She was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.
    d) She is the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.
    I often hear sentence c comes out from the native speaker mouth. Is sentence c correct? What about sentence d? Is sentence d correct?

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    Default Re: She is or she was

    North American English,

    Past: a) She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. (OK)
    Present: b) She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. (OK)

    Mix: c) She was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. (Odd)
    Mix: d) She is the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. (Odd)

    If c) means, She was and still is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen, then it's OK semantics-wise, but it's grammatically odd.

    If d) means, She is and always was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, then it's OK semantics-wise, but it's grammatically odd.

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