It might seem like a bread and butter question to most, but it's giving me a bit of trouble. My short story is written in the present tense, but I included the line: "Somehow reason had died, and I had lived" Then, I changed it to: "Somehow reason was dead, and I alive." I originally started this topic because I didn't think the second version sounded as good as the first...but now I'm not so sure. Anyway, I hope this is just a 2:00am confusion, but would I just be able to get confirmation on if I was right to change it, or can I keep the first version? Thanks.