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    #1

    sentences

    --"Where is your watch?"
    "It is gone."
    "It was gone."

    --"What happened to her?"
    "She is dead."
    "She was dead."

    I understand first answer is right. How about second one, it's wrong? or just informal? pls.


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    Re: sentences

    Whether you use "was" in this kind of dialogue will depend on the full context of the situation.

    As straightforward Q/A, the first option has to be right in both cases.

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    Re: sentences

    When people say “ I was sorry” to sb or sth , it means people don’t feel sorry any more now. right? For example:

    A.“ I saw you on my father’s funeral.”
    B.“Yes, I was sorry.”

    So, B is not sorry now, is it?

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