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Should I use ‘was’ or ‘is’ in the following paragraph?

“My sister saw a blue dress at the mall yesterday. She loved it very much. But the dress was too expensive for her. It was one hundred dollars. She didn’t have enough money for it.”

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You should use past tense in your given context.

In your text, you are recounting an experience which occurred in the past, so you should use the past tense.

On the other hand, if you are having a casual conversation at the mall with your friend, you can say "This dress is very expensive, it is over 100 dollars". In this context, present tense would be the preferred tense.

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