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I have bought many records from you and the last one I ordered a long time ago was the 10 inches of xxxx. I worry a bit because this vinyl is no longer advertised. Have you cancelled it? Or is it already sold out that there is no point in advertising it now? Please could you keep me informed.

What is better here "was"or "is"? I think " was" is better because this record was ordered a long time ago so it happens to the past. As this record is not out at the time of writing may be "is" can fit too.

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  • You ordered/bought the record in the past, so was. Aside, phonograph records are usually described as 7-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch. Aug 26, 2022 at 10:32
  • Saying "As this record is not out at the time of writing" makes it unclear what you want to write. Are you ordering a new release, but mentioning that you are a previous customer? Aug 26, 2022 at 10:37
  • the next sentence is " I worry a bit because this vinyl is no longer advertised. Have you cancelled it ?or is it already sold out that there is no point in advertising it now ? Please could you keep me informed "
    – Yves Lefol
    Aug 26, 2022 at 10:47
  • It's still not clear. Are you trying to say that you are a loyal customer who ordered a new record some time ago, but it has not yet been delivered? If so, you can say "I ordered the 10-inch "Album name" on [date] but it hasn't arrived yet." Aug 26, 2022 at 11:00
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    If you a) change the sentence around as I suggested, and b) don't muddle the sentence with the fact that you have previously placed orders in the past it should be clearer. Aug 26, 2022 at 11:45

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The record is in your possession, but the order/purchase was in the past, and it's that action you are speaking about, so 'was' is the correct tense.

Example:

This is my favourite record. It was the first one I bought.

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  • No, this record is not my position that is why I thought that "is" is another correct solution .
    – Yves Lefol
    Aug 27, 2022 at 8:48
  • @user5577 Ok, I was writing as if it were an example to demonstrate the difference between the tenses as I thought the present nature of the item was what was possibly causing the confusion.
    – Astralbee
    Aug 27, 2022 at 11:02
  • so" is "not possible in my example
    – Yves Lefol
    Aug 27, 2022 at 12:26

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