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    It is the absence of wisdom that ruined Ancient Rome.

    Dear all,

    It [ is / was ] the absence of wisdom that ruined AncientRome.

    In the sentence above, which is better, is or was?
    Or can both be correct depending on the writer's intension?

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    Re: It is the absence of wisdom that ruined Ancient Rome.

    I can't think of a context in which the present tense would work.
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    #3

    Re: It is the absence of wisdom that ruined Ancient Rome.

    I agree with you.
    It can be "was" if it is a sentence of an acknowledged fact in history.
    It can be "is" if it is a current interpretation of history.
    Last edited by tedmc; 20-Mar-2016 at 04:09.
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    #4

    Re: It is the absence of wisdom that ruined Ancient Rome.

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    ancient Rome.


    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    the writer's intention?

    See corrections.

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