This decision is / was what I made.
1) This present is / was what I wanted to give you.
2) This decision is / was what I made.
This question is about tense agreement and I think that was here is natural, but I am not sure about it, so I need your help. Is there a meaning difference between the two sentence?
What do you native English speakers think?
Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.
Posting here as well in case they delete the other post for double-posting:
If you are only asking about is/was, then it has to be "was" because your subject complement is past tense--made.
Correctly put, your question is actually a matter of preference, not requirement:
"The decision is/was what I am making/made."
When you chose the past-tense subject complement, you were required to choose a past-tense verb.
"The decision is/(was) what I am making/(made)."
|link comment||edited Sep 02 '13 at 18:19 Aaron Prejean Expert|
I believe that you can mix the tenses, depending on when things are occuring (or did occur.) Let's say that your birthday was last week. I wanted to get you a certain present but could not for some reason. I didn't want to go to your birthday party without a gift, so I got something else. Now, a week later, I was able to purchase the gift and I am presenting to you at this moment. I might say, "This present IS what I WANTED to give you last week."
|link||answered Sep 02 '13 at 19:14 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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