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Tenses used when talking about someone in the past. When we talk about Michael Jackson,should we say "he had a good reputation,he was the most popular in the world" or " he has a good reputation,he is the most popular in the world"?.
Nov 27, 2016 2:18 AM
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Past tense would be more appropriate, here, since he has already passed away. He had a good reputation. He was the most popular [artist, musician] in the world. Unless he still is the most popular in the world, then you might use 'He is still the most popular [artist, musician] in the world."
November 27, 2016
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