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    an agreement of tenses issue

    The original sentence is:

    Ted said: "When I am a famous musician, people won't give a hoot about my knowledge of atoms and molecules."

    I wonder which one is correct if we try to paraphrase the sentence above:

    Ted said that when he was a famous musician, people wouldn't give a hoot...

    or

    Ted said that when he would be a famous musician, people wouldn't give a hoot...


    Thank you very much.

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    When he was.

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    Thank you, Sir.

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    In addition to SoothingDave's answer you can also say '...when he became a famous musician....'

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In addition to SoothingDave's answer you can also say '...when he became a famous musician....'

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    "Becomes" I think. It's someone talking about his future plans.

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    I thought about using "becomes", but then wouldn't that be violating the laws of agreement of tenses?

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    Re: an agreement of tenses issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I thought about using "becomes", but then wouldn't that be violating the laws of agreement of tenses?

    I'd use 'became'. If we are going to backshift one verb, won't, then it's better to backshift both.

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