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    tense related

    In the following sentence must the second verb “is” agree with the first verb “was”? If so, why? I am talking to a live audience about a person who is deceased.



    He was so uniquely brilliant that it is impossible to describe.

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    Re: tense related

    No, not at all.

    "It is impossible to describe" stands on its own.

    They were, they are, he was, she is... anything can go in the first part.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 10-Dec-2011 at 13:51.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: tense related

    Thank you.

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