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    #1

    Correct tense sequence

    "She asked if he knew that

    they had (mean previously) lived for three years in Kyiv and

    have been living ( mean currently) in Amsterdam for two years now"

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    Re: Correct tense sequence

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "She asked if he knew that

    they had (mean previously) lived for three years in Kyiv and

    have been living ( mean currently) in Amsterdam for two years now"
    You can try:
    She asked if he knew that they had lived for three years in Kyiv and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.
    She asked if he knew that they used to live for three years in Kyiv and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.

    Since you used now I don't think your sentence is questionable at all.
    So I believe you can use sentence #1.
    (This doesn't mean sentence #2 is wrong, though.)

    Cheers!

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    Re: Correct tense sequence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***



    You can try:
    She asked if he knew that they had lived for three years in Kyiv and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.
    She asked if he knew that they used to live for three years in Kyiv and had been living in Amsterdam for two years now.

    Since you used now I don't think your sentence is questionable at all.
    So I believe you can use sentence #1.
    (This doesn't mean sentence #2 is wrong, though.)

    Cheers!
    My question was:'' Is it possible to ignore The One Tense Back Rule if the facts stated in the sentence refer to the present time?" See my example given above.

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    #4

    Re: Correct tense sequence

    Everything is possible, but it won't be correct grammar then.

    Cheers!

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    #5

    Re: Correct tense sequence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Everything is possible, but it won't be correct grammar then.

    Cheers!
    I would be grateful to hear from native speakers on this one

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    #6

    Re: Correct tense sequence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I would be grateful to hear from native speakers on this one
    Is it possible?

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