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    #1

    might be possible?

    "John asked if he knew that

    they had lived for three years in Paris and

    have been living in Brussels for two years now"

    Meant that they had lived for three years in Paris and currently have been living there. Is the sequence of tenses is important here?

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    Re: might be possible?

    Your options are:

    John asked if he knew that they had lived for three years in Paris and
    have been living in Brussels for two years now.

    had lived/lived

    have been living/had been living

    "If the proposition in the indirect speech is valid at the time of utterance, the backshift is optional." -- Quirk et. al

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    #3

    Re: might be possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Your options are:

    John asked if he knew that they had lived for three years in Paris and
    have been living in Brussels for two years now.

    had lived/lived

    have been living/had been living

    "If the proposition in the indirect speech is valid at the time of utterance, the backshift is optional." -- Quirk et. al
    I wasn't sure about that one. So according to this one the following sentences will be accurate:

    "He heard yesterday, that they've been living in Hong Kong forseval months."

    OR

    "He didn't know that we've been going out since we met at the prom."

    OR

    "He knew that we're going to go there after we get this job over and done with."
    ( "going to" and after "..........." refers to the future.) Is it better to say" after they get this job over and done with" or "after they have got this job over and done with"/
    Last edited by ostap77; 18-Sep-2010 at 18:03.

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    Re: might be possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I wasn't sure about that one. So according to this one the following sentences will be accurate:

    "He heard yesterday, that they've been living in Hong Kong for several months."

    OR

    "He didn't know that we've been going out since we met at the prom."
    Those are both fine.

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    Re: might be possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Those are both fine.
    How about the last one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about the last one?
    "John asked if he knew that

    they had lived for three years in Paris and

    have been living in Brussels for two years now" If you mean this one, I don't like it.

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    Re: might be possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "John asked if he knew that

    they had lived for three years in Paris and

    have been living in Brussels for two years now" If you mean this one, I don't like it.
    "He knew that we are going to go there after we get/have got this job over and done witn."

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    #8

    Re: might be possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He knew that we are going to go there after we get/have got this job over and done witn."
    That is, frankly, horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    That is, frankly, horrible.
    Sure I won't talk like that with my boss, but when we all have an informal meeting I've heard a lot of that kind of stuff from the Americans.
    Last edited by ostap77; 18-Sep-2010 at 20:42.

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    #10

    Re: might be possible?

    "...after we get this job over and done with" -- you hear that a lot? Really?

    We'll head over once we finish this job.
    We'll head over once this job is finished.
    I'm glad this is now over and done with... now we can head on over.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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