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Thanks for the help you are rendering.
Please which of these is correct: (IS/WAS)
'One of the things I said yesterday is/ was...''
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That thing you said is/was true
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I was the one that visited.
AND
I am the one that visited.

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What about:
''If you had been there my brother would not have died''.
AND
''If you were there my brother wouldn't die OR wouldn't have died''.

Hoping to hear from you.
Thanks a million.
Thanks a million for the elucidation.
Please which of these is correct: (IS/WAS)
'One of the things I said yesterday is/ was...''
**********
**********
That thing you said is/was true
***********
***********
I was the one that visited.
AND
I am the one that visited.

**********
**********
What about:
''If you had been there my brother would not have died''.
AND
''If you were there my brother wouldn't die OR wouldn't have died''.

Hoping to hear from you.
Thanks a million.

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Hi Charles,

See below...


'One of the things I said yesterday was...''  [Yesterday happened in the past, so anything that happened yesterday should be refferred to in past tense]
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**********
That thing you said is true    [If it IS true now, then it's a current tense verb...although, under certain circumstances it could be "was true" as well.]
***********
***********
I was the one that visited.
AND
I am the one that visited.    [Both could be correct depending on who you are talking to, but in most cases the I AM sentence would be correct].

**********
**********
What about:
''If you had been there my brother would not have died''.
AND
''If you were there my brother wouldn't die OR wouldn't have died''.

[The first one is the most grammatically correct, although the latter example is more akin to average American speech patterns.]

Kind Regards,
-Johnathan  

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