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is vs was

Postby sntforu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:53 am

Which one of the two, "my b'day is on 4th oct" and "my b'day was on 4th oct" is correct?

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Re: is vs was

Postby maazrah » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:31 am

Hi,
It depends if you are telling someone of a passed birthday(you will use "was"), or if it is a birthday to come (you will use "is").

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Re: is vs was

Postby sntforu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:08 pm

I agree.

Eventough the day has passed, but it will again come back the following year. So should it be was or is?

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Re: is vs was

Postby Awaken » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:44 pm

If you are just saying it in regular conversation or in response to a question about when your birthday is, you would use "is." In general it is usually in response to a question.

"When was your birthday?" - "My birthday was January 9th." (Correct)
"When is your birthday?" - "My birthday is January 9th." (Also correct)
Both are correct. It is context dependent.


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