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    Default I Knew

    Are these correct? If not, why?

    What do they mean?
    1. I knew the right turner has the right of way. (If 'right of way' is a fact, 'has' is okay here right?)
    2. I knew the right turner had the right of way.

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    2. I knew the right turner had the right of way.

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    Cassy:

    Just a question The fact that the right turner has the right of way is a thing the doesn't change. I don't exactly know how to pose the question but:

    I knew that gravity pulls things towards the center of the earth

    Sounds right to my ears. Gravity does that and if I say I knew... pulled, it gives the impression that it no longer does... I think maybe both are right, depending on context. What do you reckon?

    Thank you.

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    I reckon that's a good point. Mind you, there's a difference between a general fact (gravity) and an event (at the time, while driving, I knew. . . ).

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    That's pretty much what I meant, though it seems I didn't put it as clear... Isn't having the right of way a general fact, i.e. within a given country or a specific region?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    2. I knew the right turner had the right of way.
    [B]the right turner[/B]?

    Maybe this is regional but I have never heard that term before.


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