Hello,

Please take a look at the following sentence -

'You must have seen that I WAS no longer the thoughtless person who had urged you to do selfish things ?'

I'm inclined to use 'AM'. What do you think ?

Many thanks.

Regards,
Ricky

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The time frame is past, as shown by the verb must have seen. The usual practice is to continue the past tense in the dependent clause, following the "sequence of tenses" principle, even though the statement in the dependent clause continues to be true in the present.

If the speaker wishes to focus on the fact that the speaker is still, at the present moment, "no longer the thoughtless person who had urged you do do selfish things," the speaker may use am:

You must have seen that I am no longer the thoughtless person who...

Another way to make that fact clear, if the incident is still very recent, is to say

You must have seen that I was--and still am--no longer the thoughtless person who....

Marilyn Martin

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