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Hi,

I went to Paris last month and saw the Effiel Tower. It was / is 400 metres high.

Should we use WAS or IS. The reason for using "is" is that Effiel Tower is still 400 metres high now.

Thanks.
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Either one would be fine.
If you are describing an object in the past that is unlikely to have changed then the present tense is often better (not a rule). If, on the other hand, it were a person or a sunset, etc. then use the past tense.
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BokehIf you are describing an object in the past that is unlikely to have changed then the present tense is often better (not a rule). If, on the other hand, it were a person or a sunset, etc. then use the past tense.
Good diferentiation.
Can I write :

in 1978 the president decides to promote this new development.

or must I write :

in 1978 the president decided...

many thanks

Nadia
Hi Nadia,

In 1978, the president decided...

The decision took place in the past.
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AnonymousIn 1978 the president decides to promote this new development.
Yes you can say this. It would be at home in a timeline.
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