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    what it means vs what it meant

    I would have no idea what it meant if it were said to me.

    Can I rewrite the sentence above as follows?
    I would have no idea what it means if it were said to me.

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    Re: what it means vs what it meant

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I would have no idea what it meant if it were said to me.

    Can I rewrite the sentence above as follows?
    I would have no idea what it means if it were said to me.
    Informally, yes. Tense concord, however, makes the past tense (meant) more formally appropriate in this case.

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