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She donated all her money to others. I think she was a true example of noblesse oblige

I think i can use is instead of was.. There is any meaning difference between two?

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  • I think she was a true example of noblesse oblige

This sentence denotes past tense. This indicates that you are describing something about her that was in the past. Probably she is not alive anymore.

  • I think she is a true example of noblesse oblige

This sentence denotes present tense. This indicates that you are describing something is still here. Like she is alive and such.

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She donated all her money to others. I think she was a true example of noblesse oblige.

I'm not sure that this is a correct usage of noblesse oblige but ignoring that, I would expect:

Present: She donates all her money to others. I think she is a true example ...

Past: She donated all her money to others. I think she was a true example ...

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The tense are just different:

  • She was in the past (for example last year), but no longer today:

Past: I think she was a true example of noblesse.

  • She is still today:

Present: I think she is a true example of noblesse.

  • Can you tell me how different meaning two of them have subtly? – yoonjin kim Mar 27 at 11:23
  • Of course, I updated my reply, feel free to ask me if it is still unclear. – Ced Mar 27 at 11:27

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