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Dear all,

I would like to ask you a doubt about a sentence. The other day I happened to see an old photograph of our great grandfather. In it he was wearing very costly and majestic dress. That time I said to my cousin "His dress is simply superb", at once my cousin replied "you are commending about the dress of your great grandfather in the old photograph, so you should have said "His dress was simply superb". But I cannot agree with him, my point is I am expressing my present opinion. So I think I can say "His dress is simply superb". Please tell me whether I am right or wrong.


Thank you.



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cat navy 425So I think I can say "His dress is simply superb". Please tell me whether I am right or wrong.

You are right. (You can use either "is" or "was".)

cat navy 425my point is I am expressing my present opinion

The reason the present tense is possible is not so much that you are expressing your present opinion, but that you are referring to a depiction of his dress (a photograph) that exists in the present.

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Thanks a lot for your help.