# Thread: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

1. ## the sequence of tenses in indirect question

The sequence of tenses is required in indirect question?
For examle,
1.Do you know who he is?
2.Did you know who he is? (incorrect?)
3.Did you kno who he was?
4.He asked me how old he is? (incorrect?)

2. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by YOSHITAKEHORI
The sequence of tenses is required in indirect question?
For examle,
1.Do you know who he is?
2.Did you know who he is? (incorrect?)
3.Did you kno who he was?
4.He asked me how old he is? (incorrect?)
The tenses in subordiante clauses do not have to agree with the main clause. It is very common that we do that with the past tense, but it is based on logic.

1. correct
2. also correct (one can assume he is still who he was)
3. correct (even though he is still who he was)
4. incorrect (he is not necessarily the same age now)

3. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
The tenses in subordiante clauses do not have to agree with the main clause. It is very common that we do that with the past tense, but it is based on logic.

1. correct
2. also correct (one can assume he is still who he was)
3. correct (even though he is still who he was)
4. incorrect (he is not necessarily the same age now)
MikeNewYork,

(Sorry but I cannot explain well how I don't understand)

Did you watch how I threw the ball at that game?
Did you watch how I had thrown the ball at that game?

Thank you.

4. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by YOSHITAKEHORI
MikeNewYork,

(Sorry but I cannot explain well how I don't understand)

Did you watch how I threw the ball at that game?
Did you watch how I had thrown the ball at that game?

Thank you.
The first is fine. The second uses the past perfect in the second clause. That doesn't work.

5. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
incorrect (he is not necessarily the same age now)
Is it correct if he is still the same age?

6. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by dihen
Is it correct if he is still the same age?
Yes, if it was recent.

7. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

MikeNewYork

Thank you very much!

8. ## Re: the sequence of tenses in indirect question

Originally Posted by YOSHITAKEHORI
MikeNewYork

Thank you very much!
You're welcome.

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