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    Usage: "Were these letters written by Berry? Yes, they are."

    Can anyone confirm that this sentence is incorrect and why? Or, is it correct?

    Were these letters written by Berry? Yes, they are.
    It seems to me that "were" and "are" simply don't match in tense, but the teacher of my young friend in Japan is asserting it is correct.

    Thanks for your help ;-)

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    Re: Usage: "Were these letters written by Berry? Yes, they are."

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael7 View Post
    Can anyone confirm that this sentence is incorrect and why? Or, is it correct?

    It seems to me that "were" and "are" simply don't match in tense, but the teacher of my young friend in Japan is asserting it is correct.

    Thanks for your help
    It is wrong, for the very reason that you have given, it should be "Yes they were".


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    Re: Usage: "Were these letters written by Berry? Yes, they are."

    Thank you very much. This site is a great resource for people studying ESL (and others as well).

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