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    Post is/was

    condition: the person already died

    is it optional or not.

    he is/was our national hero.

    is - in the sense that he still is our national hero.

    was - in the sense that he already died.

    thank you.

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    #2

    Re: is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    condition: the person already died

    is it optional or not.

    he is/was our national hero.

    is - in the sense that he still is our national hero.

    was - in the sense that he already died.

    thank you.
    The thing is you can be a hero in your own lifetime, or become one after your death. And sometimes people just stop thinking of you as a hero, even when you're still alive. So I think in your case you could say about that person in either way.
    He was our national hero. (people now don't care that much about him any longer)
    He is our national hero. (people still care about him very much)

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