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I didn't know he was/is such a good person.

Which is correct in the above sentence. Is/was and why ?

(Assume the person is still alive and is still a good person)

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Both are correct depending on the context

I didn't know he was a good person: He could have moved to a new town or you could've just met him and thought he was trying to do something wrong, not realizing he was being nice, and get yourself in trouble

Though I didn't know He is a good person is probably better because you could've just met him.

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