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    Default Tense agreement?

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    Can you tell me something about Tense agreement?


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    The basic idea is that tense go together. In the conditionals, you can see it:

    Zero and first- both use the present tense in the if-clause and the present in the conditional, although the first uses the simple present while the first uses the present modal 'will' mostly.
    The second uses the past in the if- clause and the past tense modal in the condirtional clause.
    The third uses the past perfect and the conditional perfect.

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    Default Re: Tense agreement?

    Does it relate to reported speech and relative clauses (e.g. ‘She says she loves him’; ‘She said she loved him’; ‘She said she’d seen him lately; 'The man who passed away yesterday had been a friend of ours')?
    Could you give any links to read more about Tense agreement rules?
    Thanks in advance!

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    I mean

    present +conj.+ future

    past+conj.+past

    like these....................

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    Like 'I'll tell her as soon as she comes'??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Like 'I'll tell her as soon as she comes'??
    And like "She knew he would never come","She knows he will never come", or "She knew he wasn't here", "She knew he hadn't been here":?

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    When the time phrase refers to the future, we use the present after:
    when
    the moment\minute\sconed
    as soon as
    etc.

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