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    #1

    Post tense

    Which is the difference between the two?

    1. I am not scared when I jumped to the river.

    2. I was not scared when I jumped to the river.

    I know that it is correct to use was.
    But do you think it is acceptable to use am.
    Do you think #1 is acceptable?
    Can we consider #1 as a general truth?


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    #2

    Re: tense

    #1 is incorrect. Am is present tense, jumped is past tense. Both of these tenses have to agree in the sentence.

    So you can say:

    I am not scared when I jump over the river.
    or
    I was not scared when I jumped over the river.

    I am is the personal present form of "to be." I was is the personal past tense.

    Now you'll also noticed that I changed "to" to "over". This is because while it is possible to jump to the river, it's not really a common thing. You're more likely to jump over it, or perhaps into it.

    Hope that helps.

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