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- 06-17-2014 #21
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- Mar 2014
If + Past Simple, + would + infinitive
background: If a 16 year old girl arrived at school with pink hair, what would you say?
answer: I'd say that it was/is unbecoming for a girl to have pink hair. I would say that it was/is weird.
which is correct: was or is. According to the previous answers is is correct. Am I right?
- 06-17-2014 #22
I think either could be correct, at least with US usage. You need to use the same word in both sentences, of course, not switching from was to is, or vice versa, but either word could be considered correct. Usage can be subtle, especially in a highly hybridized language like English.
- 06-17-2014 #23
If it is currently unbecoming then "is" would be the correct usage. If it used to be unbecoming but is considered OK now, then "was" would be correct. In the context I would say "is"
Past = was
Current = is"I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
It'll happen to you too."
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