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    verb be

    I don't know if i would be able to express my question clearly, but i would like to give it a try.

    How do we use the verb be in referring to anything that happened in the past but is still applicable or currently true in the present? Please consider the sentence below

    1. The invoice is/was dated November 2, 2004
    2. She is/was our most loved teacher
    3. John and Ben are/were the most polite in batch '99

    thanks.

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    Re: verb be

    Well, there's the present factual, "It's a fact that . . . ", like this,

    EX: The invoice is dated November 2, 2004.
    EX: She is, and always will be, our most loved teacher.
    EX: John and Ben are the most polite in batch '99.

    And then there's reference to the past,

    EX: The invoice was dated November 2, 2004.
    EX: She was our most loved teacher.
    EX: John and Ben were the most polite in batch '99.

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