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Question to Teacher: Can I use DESU instead of DESHITA to refer to a date in the past?
Course 3 Lesson 6: Old Friends (Mini Conversations)
Post Date: 2018-07-22 22:55:59
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2018 Apr 21
I am having trouble figuring out when です and でした should be used when answering certain questions, like in Conversation 2:
A: いつ けっこんしましたか。 (When did you get married?)
B: きょねんの 三月です。 (Last March.)
If the answer to the question is a date in the past, why is です (present/future tense) used rather than でした (past tense)?
Is there a difference between that conversation and this one from Book 1, where でした is used?
A: パーティーは いつ ですか。 (When is the party?)
B: きのう でした。 (It was yesterday.)
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Post Date: 2018-07-22 23:08:56
2018 Apr 21
This is a repeat question - my apologies!
I found another question on the site with an explanation that I think answers this perfectly:
Can't believe I missed this the first time around - I'm so sorry to have bothered you with a repeat question!
JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2018-07-24 00:16:42
2003 Mar 03
I am glad you have found the answer you needed :)
Keep up the good work!
Post Date: 2018-08-02 16:18:42
2013 Sep 30
it is same as the independence day of the u.s. "is" fourth of july, 1776 and it "was" fourth of july, 1776 when the u.s. independ....