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    We have had a warm discussion about the ways to spend pocket money.
    1. Tom think we had better save our pocket money for future use .

    2. Tom thought we had better save our pocket money for future use.


    Which sentence is better,No.1 or No.2?


    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: past or present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    We have had a warm discussion about the ways to spend pocket money.
    1. Tom think we had better save our pocket money for future use .

    2. Tom thought we had better save our pocket money for future use.


    Which sentence is better,No.1 or No.2?


    Thank you in advance.
    #1 is better, but you should write "Tom thinks"

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterin View Post
    We have had a warm discussion about the ways to spend pocket money.

    1. Tom thinks we had better save our pocket money for future use .

    2. Tom thought we had better save our pocket money for future use.

    Which sentence is better, No.1 or No.2?
    I agree with Harry. No.1., present indicative.

    Note that, "had better" (meaning, strongly advise) has an urgency about it, which makes it sound a tad bit odd in the context above - you're all in class discussing an topic, not out at the markets shopping. Modal should or ought to would fit nicely.

    All the best.

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    Default Re: past or present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I agree with Harry. No.1., present indicative.

    Note that, "had better" (meaning, strongly advise) has an urgency about it, which makes it sound a tad bit odd in the context above - you're all in class discussing an topic, not out at the markets shopping. Modal should or ought to would fit nicely.

    All the best.
    And if Tom said it was a really good idea to save, you could avoid the urgency of 'had better' by saying:

    Tom thinks it would be best if we saved our pocket money for future use .


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