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'Were you the last person to have seen the woman alive?' (THAT)
I'd say: 'Were you the last person that has seen the woman alive?'
But the answer is: 'Were you the last person that saw the woman alive?' Why?
Last edited by barnej0096; 31-Aug-2012 at 07:20.
If you have to include that, your version fails to do so; if it doesn't, why did you write '(THAT)'?
PS: I know it's somewhat besides the point, but anyway...
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
But I still don't understand why I should use 'saw'.
If she is dead, no on else will ever see her alive again.
If someone is missing (and not assumed dead) you can say "Were you the last person to have seen her?" or "Were you the last person to see her before she disappeared?" or "Were you the last person who saw her before she disappeared?"
But no one else will ever see her alive again, so any tense with a present aspect won't work.
(If she was murdered, I hope this person was not the last person - the murderer was.)
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.