sequence of tenses
I don’t see how to handle sequence of tenses.
He knows that the earth is round.
He knew that the earth is round.
I can understand the above two sentences. How about the following two sentences?
(a) I know he is fine.
(b) I knew that he is fine.
Generally speaking, I think that sentence (b) should be amended into “I knew that he was fine”, because tenses (knew and is) don’t match; however, If he is fine now, can I say “I knew that he is fine” to express that he is fine even now?
I want to know more about exceptional cases of sequence of tenses.
Re: sequence of tenses
First, Groopy, there is no "sequence of tenses". The change in tense is only a change in FORM and that change in form is only done to signal reported speech.
Originally Posted by groopy7777
We know this is true because we can actually report the speech with a direct quotation. We choose according to what we want to say, not according to fictitious rules.
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