Name present or past tense

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When someone dies, when speaking of the deceased person's name, do you use the present or past tense? Does it depend on the context?

 

"We lost a great man today. His name is Neil Armstrong." or "We lost a great man today. His name was Neil Armstrong".

 

"The name of the victim is John Smith." or "The name of the victim was John Smith."

asked Sep 05 '12 at 14:32 James New member

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