It is/was too expensive

Discussion in 'English Only' started by EdisonBhola, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. EdisonBhola Senior Member

    On Monday, I went to the shopping mall wanting to buy a computer game. I looked at the price tag; it cost $100. I thought it was too expensive so I did not buy it.

    Two days later on Wednesday, I told my friend about the event.

    "Hey Peter, I wanted to buy the game two days ago, but it is/was too expensive."

    Let's say the price remains at $100. It was expensive and is still expensive. In my quote above, should I say "it is too expensive" or "it was too expensive"?

    Or does it matter?

    By saying "it IS too expensive", am I stressing that the game is still expensive, or is it wrong?

    Thanks so much!
  2. velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    I think it depends on when you see your decision not to buy as taking place.

    1. I went to the mall to buy a computer game but it was too expensive, so I didn't buy it.
    2. A couple of days ago I went to the mall to buy a computer game, but I didn't buy it; in fact I've made up my mind not to buy it at all because it's too expensive.

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