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    Smile a question about tense. am or was

    A woman whoes husband recently died is writing to someone. Will she use I AM ***'s wife or I WAS ***'s wife?

    Also, what about "she told me that Walmart IS/WAS the biggest company in the world". IS OR WAS?

    The turnover off year 2000 IS/WAS USD900,000. IS OR WAS?

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    Re: a question about tense. am or was

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    A woman whoes husband recently died is writing to someone. Will she use I AM ***'s wife or I WAS ***'s wife?

    I would suggest "I am *****'s widow".

    Also, what about "she told me that Walmart IS/WAS the biggest company in the world". IS OR WAS?

    It depends on the time period that the person was talking about.

    The turnover off year 2000 IS/WAS USD900,000. IS OR WAS?

    The year 2000 is in the past, therefore the company's turnover for the year WAS $900,000 US.

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