Here is the sentence:

I don’t get how they arrange the place. You should go to the one I went to yesterday. It’s near your house.

However I am in the middle of confusion whether I should say "it’s near your house" or "it was near your house". Which one should I say and why? I think both are valid.

  • The 'place' is presumably still near the person's home, so there is no reason to use the past tense. Jul 28, 2022 at 9:27

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You can use either the present or past tense. Both are perfectly acceptable and I don't even think I have a preference for either one:

It's near your house.

It was near your house.

There's a subtle difference in emphasis. With the present tense, there's more emphasis on your friend and where he lives. With the past tense, there's more emphasis on me and the trip I took yesterday to visit the place. But it's very subtle and the meaning is the same.

  • So basically it depends on where I want to focus. Am I correct?
    – Uni123
    Jul 28, 2022 at 10:50
  • You emphasize where he lives when you use the present tense. You emphasize your trip to the place if you use the past tense. But, again, it's VERY subtle. Jul 29, 2022 at 21:00

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