Is this sentence technically possible?
I knew she is shy.
Please help me!
I think I know what the confusion is here.
It's easy for me to say 'no' - that's not technically correct. But tell me:
Why did you think that it could be right, (and not/or as well as), "I know she is shy." or "I knew she was shy."
"I knew" - I have been knowing it for quite some time. I am aware of that since I first met her.
"she is shy" - She still is shy. If I say "she was", doesn't it imply that she isn't anymore?
I'd conclude that the sentence is technically possible.
Do you think the interpretation above is possible?
just a student.
jctgf, in reported speech and thought, try to maintain a present tense form when the information given is a universal truth. In other cases, backshifting is the right thing to use.
Originally Posted by jctgf
I know/knew the Sun goes round the Earth.
I know she is shy [you knew this some time ago, and you still know that now - that she is shy]
I know she was shy [there was a time when she was shy; now, she is not so any more]
I knew she was shy [you knew that 'she is shy' when you said this at the time; to me, no confusion present - she was shy then and I reckon she still is]
I knew she had been shy [at the time when you said so, she was no longer shy; in other words, the moment you were talking about her, she was not shy any more]
I know she is shy = I knew she was shy [in indirect speech]
I know she was shy = I knew she had been shy [in indirect speech]
Last edited by engee30; 24-May-2009 at 18:15.
Correct. Backshifting is optional when the time-reference of the utterance in the sub clause ((that) she is shy) is valid at the time of the reporting.
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