She overcame all of her difficulties and created her own destiny as a merchant all by herself. That is not all. After making a large fortune, she willingly donated almost all of her wealth to her starving neighbors. I really respect her way of life.

Here, if i use was instead of is, the focus of the thing verb indicates would be changed?

  • I wouldn't see any real difference between them. "That" refers to the previous statement either way. – nasch Apr 1 at 3:08

We use "that is" to give an example or a clarifying comment.

The word "that" is a dummy subject. It refers, in some way, to the current text or "What I am saying" (or similar) and so uses the present tense.

So could be understood as

She overcame her difficulties all by herself... What I have said is not all I could say...

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