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    Grammar

    I heard this from a American movie:

    A,' Do you like the necklace?"
    B,' Necklace? oh! when I was in hospital, Mike wanted to buy sth for me.'
    A,' It was beautiful.'

    I believe I catch these words truly. But, why use "was" here, not "is", which means the necklace is not beautiful any more?

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    Any help?

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    #3

    Re: Grammar

    No help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I heard this from a American movie:

    A,' Do you like the necklace?"
    B,' Necklace? oh! when I was in hospital, Mike wanted to buy sth for me.'
    A,' It was beautiful.'

    I believe I [catch] caught these words right [truly]. But, why use "was" here, not "is", which means the necklace is not beautiful any more?
    Without knowing the context, but seeing that B says "necklace?", I'd say that the necklace wasn't in view. The 'was' refers to something that isn't there.

    Or there's another explanation.

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    #5

    Re: Grammar

    Can I just say "it is beautiful.' in this case? Please.


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    Re: Grammar

    Say, "It's beautiful."

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    Re: Grammar

    Thank you very much, David.
    One more puzzle:
    'It was beautiful' is more appropriate than "it is beautiful' in this case?

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I heard this from a American movie:

    A,' Do you like the necklace?"
    B,' Necklace? oh! when I was in hospital, Mike wanted to buy sth for me.'
    A,' It was beautiful.'

    I believe I catch these words truly. But, why use "was" here, not "is", which means the necklace is not beautiful any more?
    From what I can tell, Mike wanted to buy a necklace for B (who was in the hospital at the time), and A happened to see the necklace before B got it. When B got out of the hospital, A asked about the necklace. B didn't have it; perhaps she never got it; A responded that [when she saw it--when Mike showed it to her] it was beautiful. The use of the past tense there tells us that B doesn't have the necklace in her possession now. (More context would tell us why that is.)

    What happened to Mike and the necklace?

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    ... I caught the words exactly.

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    Mike is B's husband. The necklace is a gift that Mike buy for his lover, not his wife--B. A is the store-keeper who sell the necklace to Mike. So, B realizes her husband keep cheating her, then get divorced form the husband.

    In your opinion, "it is beautiful' is not right in this case?

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Mike is B's husband. The necklace is a gift that Mike bought for his lover, not his wife--B. A is the storekeeper who sold the necklace to Mike. So, B realizes her husband is cheating on her and so she gets a divorce form her husband.
    Ah, I see:

    Storekeeper: Do you like the necklace?
    Mike's wife: Necklace? Oh! When I was in hospital, Mike wanted to buy something for me.
    Storekeeper: It was beautiful. <meaning, the necklace was not intended for you>
    Using present tense 'is' wouldn't express the same meaning as past tense 'was':

    Storekeeper: It is beautiful. <literal meaning, the storekeeper is commenting on the beauty of the necklace and nothing more.>

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