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    The sequence of tenses

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the following sentences?

    • He said that he studied English.
    • He said that he was studying English at the Institute.
    • He said that he had studied English before he entered the Institute.
    • He said that he had been studying English for many years before entering the Institute.
    • He said that he would study English next year.
    • He said that he would be studying English the whole year.
    • He said that he would have studied English before graduating from the Institute.
    • He said that he would have been studying English for three years by that time.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 25-Feb-2009 at 13:27.

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    Re: The sequence of tenses

    Each can be seen as applicable in a particular situation, and in relation to that situation, are grammatically correct with regard to the tense.

    I can't see how that 'opinion' is particularly edifying or takes you forward.

    What is it you are doubtful about?

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    Re: The sequence of tenses

    Dear David L,

    You have to know a little Bulgarian or Russian at least in order to understand my genuine bewilderment.

    I knew that he would work at this plant after graduating from the Institute.
    I knew that he would be working all day long.
    I knew that he would have worked out the programme by that time.

    I knew that you worked at this plant.
    I knew that you were working at this plant.

    And yet thank you for your interest.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 25-Feb-2009 at 13:44.

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    Re: The sequence of tenses

    Apparently, you wish to deal with your bewilderment and doubts privately, as I am left bewildered as to what your bewilderment was about.

    If being told that the sentences are grammatically correct is enough...

    ...but I think, the situations in which they are correct is equally important.

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