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    A told B " You are wrong. His name is Anthony not Antony."

    B said "I thought it spells Antony but sounds like Anthony."

    Should the present tense "spells" and "sounds" be used or B should use past tense? Is there any more natural way to say what was said by B?

    Thanks!

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    What B said should be expressed like this:

    "I thought it was spelled Antony but sounded like Anthony."

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    Default Re: spell

    Note that in BE, we usually spell 'spelled' spelt.

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    Thanks!

    What if I still think his name is Antony, can I use the present tense instead of the past tense?


    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    What B said should be expressed like this:

    "I thought it was spelled Antony but sounded like Anthony."

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    Then it would need to be:

    "I think​ it is spelled Antony but sounds like Anthony."

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    Please consider the following scenario:-

    A told B "Your customer spelled the name wrong. The name is Anthony not Antony".

    B said "My customer thought it is spelt Antony but sounds like Anthony"

    Could B say that if B knows his customer still holds such view?

    I was once told in this forum that "My customer told me he likes me because I always simle" is correct in grammar so long as the customer still likes me now.

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    Then it would need to be:

    "I think​ it is spelled Antony but sounds like Anthony."

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    Much appreciated if anyone could help answer the queries in my post above. Thanks in advance!

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    Yes, they could.

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