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    who is/was

    * Who is the husband of Sarah?
    * Who was the husband of Sarah?

    * If she and her husband lived a long long time ago, surely their dead by now.


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    Re: who is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    * Who is the husband of Sarah?
    * Who was the husband of Sarah?

    * If she and her husband lived a long long time ago, surely [their] they're dead by now.
    In the situation you've described/you described, Blouen, normally we would chose the past tense 'was', but there are times when we might use the present tense even for those who are dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    In the situation you've described/you described, Blouen, normally we would chose the past tense 'was', but there are times when we might use the present tense even for those who are dead.
    Thanks for the correction, why did I mess that up.

    Yes, I normally use the past tense but I´ve seen in funtrivia.com just recently that they ask questions like :

    * Who is the father of Noah?
    * Who is the 2nd wife of Abraham?

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    Re: who is/was

    As in: "The late (deceased) Douglas Adams is a treasured English writer"?


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    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Thanks for the correction, why did I mess that up.
    No biggee/big deal, Blouen.

    Because the two sounds are identical. Even native speakers sometimes mess up with 'there/their/they're'.

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    Re: who is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
    As in: "The late (deceased) Douglas Adams is a treasured English writer"?
    That I think of the fact that he is ¨a treasured English writer¨. You can´t change the fact that he is. Though time would pass us by.

    But how about :

    Abraham is the father of Isaac.
    Abraham was the father of Isaac.

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    Re: who is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    No biggee/big deal, Blouen.

    Because the two sounds are identical. Even native speakers sometimes mess up with 'there/their/they're'.
    Thanks, Riverkid!
    But for accuracy´s sake, I´ll try not to do the same mistake next time.

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    blouen>

    Apply the same ingenious logic that you did to the first example, it depends on the perspective from which you are discussing Abraham.

    Abraham is the father of Issac. (in the Bible/in history, which will not/cannot change)

    Abraham was the father of Issac. (before he passed on)

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    Okay, now I get it. Thanks!

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