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    #1

    I would like to be able to say it is ~

    In the sentense of
    "I would like to be able to say it is mine, but this brand-new car belings to Emily.",
    I am wondering if "is" must be replaced by "was".

    Which one is correct, "is" or "was"?

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    #2

    Re: I would like to be able to say it is ~

    Is
    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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    #3

    Re: I would like to be able to say it is ~

    Thanks for quick reply.

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    #4

    Re: I would like to be able to say it is ~

    Both forms could be used IMO, but I would use the present.

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    #5

    Re: I would like to be able to say it is ~

    Since it's a brand-new car, no one could have owned it before, so it was never his.

    If you were doing reported speech, I could get behind "was" as a backshift, but not as a straight-forward statement.

    Having said that, if someone did use "was" I probably wouldn't notice.
    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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