Reply to "was / is"

Mo.Anwar posted:
Gustavo, Contributor posted:

Although both are possible, backshifting (i.e. replacing the present with the past) continues to be more elegant than keeping the present, as it takes us back to that moment when the question was asked.

You mean that if we want to emphasize the time when the words were uttered, we use backshifting. But, if we want to emphasize the fact that the situation is still true, we don't backshift the tense. So in the "name" example, we can use both ways.

No, I don't think the present would be fine in the "name" example. It's not a question of grammar, but of pragmatics. I think the present is only acceptable (though not the better option) with scientific truths, schedules or routine actions, and events that are still pending to take place.

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