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    Student or Learner
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      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
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      • China
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    it is thoughtful, it was thoughtful

    Thank you for the card - it was very thoughtful of you.

    This sentence comes from CAMBRIDGE LEARNER'S DICTIONARY.

    My question is why we don't say 'it is very thoughtful of you'.

    Thank you in advance.

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    English Teacher
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      • Scotland
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    Re: it is thoughtful, it was thoughtful

    The speaker is talking about when the card was bought. The person was thoughtful when they bought the card which was in the past. So the past tense is used.


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