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    Was or is?

    Everybody knows one of your sons has won the lottery.
    Was that John or Tom? (Is that John or Tom?)


    Which tense is correct here?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Was or is?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Everybody knows one of your sons has won the lottery.
    Was that John or Tom? (Is that John or Tom?)


    Which tense is correct here?

    Thank you.
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    Re: Was or is?

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    Is
    Thank you. Is there any good reason to choose [ is]?

    Is it because 'is' matches the present perfect tense?

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    Re: Was or is?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Thank you. Is there any good reason to choose [ is]?

    Is it because 'is' matches the present perfect tense?
    Yes, and it's also because they are still alive....

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