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  1. B45
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    I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've gon

    I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've gone on it a few times in the past when I was younger and it seemed way scarier. I say:

    Actually, it wasn't so bad.

    VS

    Actually it isn't so bad.

    Are both okay? What's the difference?

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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    Both are okay. There is a slight shading of meaning. I would use "isn't" if I was telling another person what to expect on the ride, and "wasn't" if I was only describing my own experience (i.e. the person I am speaking to is not going to ride.)
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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    What if the person and I are still on the ride and the coaster just finished its highest drop. And I say to him:

    That wasn't that bad huh!?

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    That isn't that bad huh!?

    Are both okay?

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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    Yes.

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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    What's the difference then.

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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    One talks about the past; the other talks about the present. The roller coaster hasn't changed.

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    Re: I just got off one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. I've

    If you have just reached the bottom of that huge drop (assuming you can actually speak at that point!), I would find "That wasn't so bad, was it?" more natural. Your drop is over so I find the simple past more appropriate. However, "That" in that sentence refers to your experience or feeling about it, rather than the actual drop. As Mike said, the drop on the roller coaster hasn't changed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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