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    his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    There seems to be a misconception that you can’t say ‘the day before’, and a secondary school student even told me that his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    Which verb should I use? I believe it is 'was'. However, I wonder whether "is' is fine since the belief still exists.

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    There seems to be a misconception that you can’t say ‘the day before’, and a secondary school student even told me that his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    Which verb should I use? I believe it is 'was'. However, I wonder whether "is' is fine since the belief still exists.
    You are correct: 'is' is fine.

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

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    You are correct: 'is' is fine.
    Thanks, Fivejedjon.

    Would it be wrong to use 'was' and would the meaning be changed?

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    You could use "was." There is no real big difference in meaning here. It "was" incorrect and it still "is" incorrect.

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You could use "was." There is no real big difference in meaning here. It "was" incorrect and it still "is" incorrect.
    I agree. both are acceptable here.
    You will find some who insist that 'sequence of tense rules' demand the use of 'was', and that 'is' is unacceptable, but that is simply not true.

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    I am not a teacher.

    What everyone here has said is true, but I would say "was" if I didn't stop to think, and I think it is stylistically preferable.

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    Re: his teacher told him that this is/was incorrect!

    Many thanks to all the members who responded to my post.

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