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


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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