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    Was or Is - Is this correct?

    Hello all,

    Which one is correct:

    The total funding we received was $156,000.

    The total funding we received is $156,000.

    I believe WAS is correct to use in this sentence since the funding was received in the past.

    Much appreciated!

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    #2

    Re: Was or Is - Is this correct?

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are correct.

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    #3

    Re: Was or Is - Is this correct?

    The proper use of a verb form should never be justified merely by the tense used, in my opinion.

    The number of plays Shakespeare wrote was/is thirty-seven.
    [I'd be more inclined to think of a past reference when using was; otherwise, of a past-to-present reference, plus an emphasis on the state of the plays counted as finished totalling 37]

    The total funding we received was $156,000.
    The total funding we received is $156,000.[AmE]
    The total funding we've received is $156,000.[BrE]

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    #4

    Re: Was or Is - Is this correct?

    The word "is" might be OK if the funding was received quite recently.

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    #5

    Re: Was or Is - Is this correct?

    Couldn't agree more.

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