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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    I see, but I always see these forms in the internet sites such as:

    Learn English online - English Grammar - Sequence of Tenses

    http://www.corollarytheorems.com/Grammar/tenses.htm
    http://neoenglishsystem.blogspot.com...of-tenses.html

    Exceptions:
    A Past Tense in the Principal clause is followed by a Present Indefinite Tense in the Subordinate Clause when there is a Universal Truth, Habitual fact. Geographical Truth etc.:

    Copernicus
    proved (main clause) that the earth moves round the sun (subordinate clause).
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    Please tell me if they are fine ok not...
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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    It’s a complex issue, not made easier by websites that suggest there is a clear set of rules for the so-called ‘sequence of tenses’

    Let’s look at two of the points.


    To state a general truth, use the present tense: The Deists believed that the universe is like a giant clock.


    The use of ‘believed’, past tense, suggests that the person who created this sentence may not believe that the universe is like a giant clock (i.e this is not a universal truth). That is why the sentence is much more likely to be: The Deists believed that the universe was like a giant clock. Of course, if there are still Deists who believe this, then we can report this as: The Deists believe that the universe is like a giant clock. That, however, is not a universal truth but a astatement about a current situation.


    Next point:

    George: I am going to London next year, and I am not coming back!
    Jessica: I don't care about it. I have already known that you are going to London next year again. You are always telling the same story!


    This is faulty from the beginning. I have already known is unnatural. We’d say: I already know or I already knew.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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