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    #1

    Is or Was?

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me which of the following is correct?

    1) She didn't know who her father is.
    2) She didn't know who her father was.

    I think 1) because the father is still alive but I don't know if I need was because it's similar to report speech.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Is or Was?

    Does she know who her father is now?

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    #3

    Re: Is or Was?

    Yes, she didn't know but now she does.

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    #4

    Re: Is or Was?

    I would say "She didn't know who her father was until her 18th birthday."

    I would say "She doesn't know who her father is." (And she still doesn't know.)

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    #5

    Re: Is or Was?

    Great thanks!

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