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    Default I realized i had forgotten vs I realized i have forgotten

    Dear experts,

    Which one of the two is correct?

    i realized i had forgotten
    or
    i realized i have forgotten

    or are they both correct depending on the context?


    thx in advance.

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    Default Re: I realized i had forgotten vs I realized i have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Dear experts,

    Which one of the two is correct?

    i realized i had forgotten(The main verb is 'realized', a past action, so 'I had forgotten' should be in the past as well.)
    or
    i realized i have forgotten

    or are they both correct depending on the context?


    thx in advance.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Default Re: I realized i had forgotten vs I realized i have forgotten

    *Not a teacher

    Definitely the first one. And I have two arguments for that:

    1) You had forgotten something before you realised it. (you use past perfect when an event happened before a past event)
    2) You must use past tense in the subordinate clause if there is past tense in the main clause. (except the case when there is a general truth in the subordinate clause, which is not the case here)

    I realized I had forgotten...

    PS: Always capitalise I.
    Last edited by SirGod; 08-Jun-2011 at 08:46.

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