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Which one of the underlined tense is acceptable?
"I would fly to England and visit a lot of historic places while I stayed/stay there if I had enough time and money."
Last edited by 2006; 18-Apr-2010 at 04:31.
True... if you don't stay there, where else do you stay?
Last edited by sarat_106; 18-Apr-2010 at 07:48.
My question is concordance of tense but my sentence example was bad.
I made another sentence example.
"If he could come to Japan, I would meet him while he stayed/stays (=during his stay) in Tokyo."
(He cannot come to Japan in fact)
The above is a conditional sentence. My question is which one sounds OK, "stayed" or "stay."
I agree with bhai that "stayed" is correct here. Naturally you can use this as a template for similar sentences unrelated to staying anywhere - ie. you can use the past tense form.
I promised my sister that I would mind her baby while he ate.
However, I'm not sure that 'stays' and 'eats' is incorrect. Others might prefer it.