Interested in Language
That sentence came into my mind some days ago:
Has someone already told you how cute you were?
I have two questions:
1. Shouldn't it be anyone because it's a question?
2. Is were correct, which would mean that are is wrong?
I don't think it's the same as, "He said I was cute."
Or like, "I told you you were cute."
This means I would tend to use this version:
Has anyone already told you how cute you are?
Why do you want to use "were"? Do you want to say that she was cute in the past?
Thank you for your replies.
It's not about past.
It's like this sentence:
I thought you were a teacher.
This sentence does not mean that the person is not a teacher anymore.
If you really want to talk about the past, you can add Simple Past elements:
I thought you were a teacher once. -> Clearly understandable that he doesn't seem to be a teacher anymore.
My thought was that I still have to use were in the sentence:
Has anyone ever told you how cute you are?
I believe we should use were if the sentence is:
Has anyone ever told you you were cute?
It seems both sentences have a different structure, that's why are is correct for sentence #1.