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    heidi95 is offline Newbie
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    Question Please

    Let me know please

    "I was wondering if there is a place where I can go shopping tomorrow."

    In this phrase, the word "is" is right or wrong?
    I think the correct word is "was"..
    but my english book said "is".
    because i think the sequence of tenses has to be applied..
    Last edited by heidi95; 27-Mar-2008 at 02:35.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Please

    The sentence is correct.

    The place exists now.

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    puzzle is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Please

    Dear Anglika,

    "I was wondering if there was a place........". Is it wrong? Please.

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    Re: Please

    I mean, "I was wondering if there is " and "I was wondering if there was" don't mean the same?

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Please

    You will hear both. Which to use will often depend on the speaker's intention.

    The first - using "is" - is more immediate and positive = there surely is a place to go shopping.

    The second - using "was" - is more tentative = maybe there is a place to go shopping.

    Another example of how colloquial usage does not follow precise rules.

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