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    I thought he would have finished his work by then.

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    With referenece to the above sentence I would appreciate it if you would kindly let me know how I should write it in case the underlined part is still future in the time of utterance.

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    Default Re: a question about the backshift

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    I thought he would have finished his work by then.

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    With referenece to the above sentence I would appreciate it if you would kindly let me know how I should write it in case the underlined part is still future in the time of utterance.
    I thought he would finish his work..- future in the past

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    I thought he would have finished his work by then.

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    With referenece to the above sentence I would appreciate it if you would kindly let me know how I should write it in case the underlined part is still future in the time of utterance.

    To make my question clearer I would like to change it as follows;

    I thought ------------------------------- (1)
    he will have finished by 2009 ------------- (2)

    Considering the sequence of tenses, how should I[we] combine the above two clauses?

    For your reference, the year 2009 indicates that the clause No.(2) is still future in the time of utterance.

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    Default Re: a question about the backshift

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    To make my question clearer I would like to change it as follows;

    I thought ------------------------------- (1)
    he will have finished by 2009 ------------- (2)

    Considering the sequence of tenses, how should I[we] combine the above two clauses?

    For your reference, the year 2009 indicates that the clause No.(2) is still future in the time of utterance.
    I think he will have finished by 2009, or

    I think he is going to have finished by 2009.
    Last edited by Teia; 30-Sep-2007 at 09:21.

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    Default Re: a question about the backshift

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    I think he will have finished by 2009, or

    I think he is going to have finished by 2009.
    Thank you, teia_petrescu, for your kind responses. However please attention to the past time of ' I thought'

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Thank you, teia_petrescu, for your kind responses. However please attention to the past time of ' I thought'

    You are welcome!

    Thought is the past tense of think. You cannot use thought instead of think in the following sentence:

    I think he will have finished by 2009, 0r

    I thought he would have finished by 2009,

    speaking in terms of the sequence of tenses.

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    Default Re: a question about the backshift

    In other words, backshifting has to do with direct quotations of utterances:

    Direct: "I think ..."
    Indirect: I said I thought he would have finished / was going to finish his work.

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