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Hi, i think it's a simple question to most, but the past tense stuffs always get me...

If the person is still alive (say he/she is 65 years old), do i use:

He/she is born on xxx

or

He/she was born on xxx

thanks in advance!
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AnonymousHi, i think it's a simple question to most, but the past tense stuffs always get me...

If the person is still alive (say he/she is 65 years old), do i use:

He/she is born on ***

or

He/she was born on ***

thanks in advance!

Because you are only born once,* in English use the past to talk about it. I was born in 1966. I was born in May 1966. I was born on May 23, 1966.

However because I'm still alive, my birthday IS May 23.

* Religious apsects not withstanding
Thank you so much! That explains everything... I think it's the b'day thing that got me confused in the first place.
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but ...i were born that i saw in the past. if i change the word "was"to "were" ..is it still correct?
myeungbut ...i were born that i saw in the past. if i change the word "was"to "were" ..is it still correct?

In simple past, it's "I was" and "you were."

In the subjunctive, it's "If I were." "If only I were born rich, instead of beautiful!"

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Anon, you might enjoy this:

A: When is your birthday?
B: May 23
A: What year?
B: My birthday is May 23 every year!
A: No, silly, what year were you born?
B: I was born in 1966.
Hi Myeung

You can say these, for example:

- I was born on January 22, 1990.
- My brother was born in 1988.

- You were born a year earlier than I was.
- My brothers were born on the same day -- they're twins.

Do you remember any of the specific sentences in which you saw "I were born"? Generally speaking, the only time you will see "I were" is in a conditional sentence, or perhaps an "I wish" sentence.
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Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the speakers of English used the verb to be to conjugate a few verbs in the present perfect tense. This was a result of French domination after 1066. A few examples still exist and appear primarily in biblical contexts: "He is born, he is risen". Other than these few examples, we have discarded the use of to be instead of to have for this conjugation, and we are living happily ever after.
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how about this...

On 1966 a great man was born
or
On 1966 a great man is born ... ??
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