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    Why is it that sometimes natives talk about a past situation in real time that that's

    Why is it that sometimes natives talk about a past situation in real time that that's used instead of that was.

    Two people having a conversation in the present example:

    I'm sorry that I couldn't make it to the party because I got injured in a soccer match yesterday.

    I figured that that's why you couldn't make it to the party.

    VS

    I figured that that was why you couldn't make it to the party.

    Why are both acceptable here, is it because the past occurrence still holds true in the present.

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    Re: Why is it that sometimes natives talk about a past situation in real time that th

    There is absolutely zero difference in meaning: the two are identical. It is merely a question of trying to portray pronunciation in writing. I am surprised that such an advanced student as you would ask such a question. "That is| and "that's| are no different than "is not" and "isn't". The former is sometimes more formal than the latter.

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    Re: Why is it that sometimes natives talk about a past situation in real time that th

    I think it's just the idiosyncrasies of the language because usually when I speak of a past occurrence I would subconsciously choose to use the past tense, but I hear native speakers relate to a past situation with that is instead of that was, and it sometimes throws me off when I try to do the same in conversation.

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    Re: Why is it that sometimes natives talk about a past situation in real time that th

    If we use present tenses for past events, it might make the narrative seem more lively or more relevant to now.

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