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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    Using former - was/is?

    In this sentence,

    He was my former teacher.

    Should the linking verb 'was' be replaced by 'is' since former already denotes past?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Using former - was/is?

    I prefer:

    He is my former teacher.
    He was my teacher (at one time).
    He used to be my teacher.

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