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    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #1

    Is / Are

    Are these correct? What do they mean?
    1. I would talk to him about what is wrong. (Present status? What is wrong right now?)
    2. I would talk to him about what was wrong. (What was wrong before?)

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Is / Are

    You're right- the tense depends on the ime of the wrongness.


    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #3

    Re: Is / Are

    Are these correct? If not, why?
    1. I bought my computer in last week for repairs and my computer case was damaged.
    2. I bought my computer in last week for repairs and my computer case is damaged. (If this correct, why? Or is this wrong? Even though my computer case is still damaged, I am talking about last week so I need to use 'was' right? Or can I use 'is' ?)

    Thanks.


    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #4

    Re: Is / Are

    Are these correct? What do they mean?

    1. If that were the case, I would make sure my data is backed up. (Does this mean that I should have my data backed up right now?)
    2. If that were the case, I would make sure my data was backed up. (Does this mean that I should have my data backed up before?)

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