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    Re: sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    So - why are we far more likely to say:
    "I didn't know that water boils at 100º Celsius.
    and even more (exaggerating for emphasis):
    "I didn't know there are stars in the sky."
    Why Past tense in the examples above, yet Present tense in these sentences?
    Firstly thanks a lot!
    Now I'll try to answer your question:
    "I didn't know that water boils at 100º Celsius." I know that water boils but did not know at what temperature.
    "I didn't know there are stars in the sky." Here I'm not sure that I'm right...More likely that - I see something in the sky but did not know these are stars.

    Let me know please if something wrong or there's a better explanation there.
    Last edited by greegorush; 28-Apr-2009 at 07:52.

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