Verb Tense

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I'm having difficulty with the folling sentence:

"I flew to New York City, which is the financial capitol of the world."

Should the verb "is" be "was"? It is still the financial capitol, but the person is speaking in past tense.

any thoughts?

asked Oct 15 '12 at 21:15 craig ellis New member

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If New York remained the financial capital at the time the person spoke then the present tense would be used. Changing it to the past tense carries the sense that the condition is no longer true.

link comment answered Oct 15 '12 at 21:28 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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Agreed.

 

Watch out for spelling mistakes: following; capital.

link comment answered Oct 16 '12 at 09:47 Peter Guess Expert

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