I can't tell if "was" or "is" is correct in this sentence. Can you help me?

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We wouldn't want people thinking the red wine was sweet.

We wouldn't want people thinking the red wine is sweet.

 

Which would you say is correct? I wrote the sentence using "was" but it was corrected to "is" and I can't find any information to back up my reasoning. Thank you!

asked Feb 17 at 00:57 kiki New member

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Both was and is are possible.

 

As the sentence is equivalent to 'We don't want people to think the wine is sweet', 'is' works.

As the sentence suggests a hypothetical thought, 'was' is possible.

link comment answered Feb 17 at 08:04 Jed Grammarly Fellow

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