What is the meaning of ‘It was the best ever?’ Is it different to ‘It is the best ever?’
I am just confused by simple past and it last ever. ( It was the best ever)
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"Ever" means "of all time", but the exact meaning changes with the tense.
When used in the present, "ever" includes up to the present. When used in the past, it may include the present, or it may only include the time up to that point in the past.
So, "It is the best ever" means it's the best of all time, up to the present. "It was the best ever" means either it was the best up to that point in time, and a better one may have happened since then, or it includes up to the present.
So, "Michael Jordan was the best player of all time" could mean that at he was once considered the best player of all time, but someone else has since surpassed him, or it could mean he is still the best of all time, just no longer active.
Use "is the best ever" if the thing is currently happening, or ongoing.
"This salad is the best ever" (current)
"Peaches are the best fruit ever" (ongoing)
"Reading is the best hobby ever" (ongoing)
Use "was the best ever" if the thing was specifically something in the past.
"That salad we ate last year was the best ever."
"That vacation was the best ever."
In the context of a person, use "is" if the person is still in the role/relationship you are talking about, and "was" if they're not in that role/relationship anymore.
"Mr. Smith was the best teacher ever."
This implies that Mr. Smith is no longer the speaker's teacher. This is correct even if Mr. Smith is still working as a teacher, as long as the speaker's relationship to Mr. Smith has changed.
"Shohei Ohtani is the best baseball player ever"
Here, "was" feels wrong because Ohtani is still playing baseball.