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    Post Is or Was?

    Hi, a friend of mine asked me this random question and now I'm confused too.

    "I watched a movie yesterday. The title (is or was) Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15."
    -Consistency-wise, I think it should be was but if you think about it, it's not like the title of the movie changed, right? It still is Kingsglaive. What should we use, then?

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    Re: Is or Was?

    Both are possible.

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    Re: Is or Was?

    Welcome to the forum, Lyxania.

    It's more natural to use 'was', but even more natural is to say 'I watched a movie called Kingsflaive: Final Fantasy 15 yesterday'.

    (cross-posted)

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    Re: Is or Was?

    "was" is very commonly used, but I believe it should be "is".

    The title of the movie will not [usually] change. It is a permanent fact, therefore it should be rendered in the present tense.

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    Re: Is or Was?

    I think it's a matter of personal choice, not 'should'.

    I met my son's new girlfriend yesterday. She was very attractive.


    She still is very attractive but, in that sentence, my impression of her at the time was uppermost in my mind. It's the same with Lyxania's sentence. If I am concentrating on yesterday's event, I use 'was'. If I am thinking more of the film as it still exists, I use 'is.
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    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If I am concentrating on yesterday's event, I use 'was'. If I am thinking more of the film as it still exists, I use 'is.
    Precisely.

    As native-speakers, our choice of tense in utterances like these reveals something about what is going on in our minds when we speak.

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    Re: Is or Was?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think it's a matter of personal choice, not 'should'.

    I met my son's new girlfriend yesterday. She was very attractive.


    She still is very attractive but, in that sentence, my impression of her at the time was uppermost in my mind. It's the same with Lyxania's sentence. If I am concentrating on yesterday's event, I use 'was'. If I am thinking more of the film as it still exists, I use 'is.
    In your sentence, your are focusing on her state at that time; a state that can change. It is not necessarily permanent.

    If she is very good looking in general, I would substituent, "she is very good looking", or "she is very attractive".

    The use of "was" in your example breaks the permanency, and so implies you are referring to perhaps the way she had dressed, done her hair and makeup, at the time you met her.

    Of course, one would probably infer that she is in fact always attractive, but your statement is nonetheless addressing her [possibly temporary] state at the time you met.

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    Re: Is or Was?

    It may break the permanency, but speech often does things like that. I was taught to use the present tense when saying something like in Hamlet Shakespeare says, but many people don't do that.

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