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is/was the first man

 
 
Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2009 12:32 pm
Neil Armstrong is/was the first man to land on the moon.

Which verb is the correct one?

Many thanks in advance.


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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2009 01:08 pm
@tanguatlay,
tanguatlay wrote:

Neil Armstrong is/was the first man to land on the moon.

Which verb is the correct one?

Many thanks in advance.



I would probably say 'was' because his action was in the past, even though he is still alive.

You could say 'Armstrong is the first man to have landed on the moon.

Cheers
Jeff
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tanguatlay
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2009 01:12 pm
Thanks, Jeff.
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