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    is/was

    My daughter wrote a sentence which I found was badly phrased. I rephrased it for her. Later I learned that I had amended the sentence correctly.

    In the following sentence, which verb should I use?

    I didn't know that what I rephrased for my daughter is/was correct to the last letter.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    My daughter wrote a sentence which I found was badly phrased. I rephrased it for her. Later I learned that I had amended the sentence correctly.

    In the following sentence, which verb should I use?

    I didn't know that what I rephrased for my daughter is/was correct to the last letter.

    Thanks in advance.
    You should use "was". It's true that if it was correct then, it is still correct, but you still use the past tense. In fact, I'd write:
    I didn't know that what I had rephrased for my daughter was correct to the last letter.
    The rephrasing came before the "not knowing", so the past perfect is indicated.

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    Re: is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You should use "was". It's true that if it was correct then, it is still correct, but you still use the past tense. In fact, I'd write:
    I didn't know that what I had rephrased for my daughter was correct to the last letter.
    The rephrasing came before the "not knowing", so the past perfect is indicated.
    I think it sounds ok without had

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