Interested in Language
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?
Can I just say "it is beautiful.' in this case? Please.
Say, "It's beautiful."
Thank you very much, David.
One more puzzle:
'It was beautiful' is more appropriate than "it is beautiful' in this case?
What happened to Mike and the necklace?
... I caught the words exactly.
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?
Storekeeper: Do you like the necklace?Using present tense 'is' wouldn't express the same meaning as past tense 'was':
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>
Storekeeper: It is beautiful. <literal meaning, the storekeeper is commenting on the beauty of the necklace and nothing more.>