Why いた is used instead of いる in the dialogue below?


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marked as duplicate by Chocolate, macraf, snailcar Jun 15 '17 at 6:19

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なんで生きてたのか ー> Why you lived (~after a fight)? (~ How did you survived?)

なんで生きているのかー> Why you still living? (~ How come you are still alive?)

Your confusion is caused by this:

てた・ていた are both the same, the former being a different way to speak it.

(Compare to English wanna=want to・don't=do not)

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