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heidi95

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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..
 
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Dear Anglika,

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

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

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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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