Reply to "I've never"

Hussein Hassan posted:
- I've never climbed a mountain that  _________  ( is / was ) dangerous. 

 Can both be used?

Hi, Hussein: Yes, both can be used. Ms. Tan is overlooking the possibility that your not having climbed a dangerous mountain to date does not exclude the possibility that a mountain that you have climbed was dangerous at some time preceding your climb.

I actually find "was" to be the better choice and the sentence itself to be a bit awkward. The intended meaning is probably that the speaker has never climbed a mountain that was dangerous to climb, since no mountain is inherently dangerous. You could even add expletive "it":

  • I've never climbed a mountain that it was dangerous (for me) to climb.
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