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    If-sentence in combination with Sequence of Tenses

    Hello,
    These two sentences are said:
    If Lisa comes, I will go home.
    And if Tina comes, everybody will go home.


    Now these two sentences get reported:
    He said (that) if Lisa came, he would go home.
    And if Tina comes, everybody will go home.

    Now my questions:
    Is it smart to change the conditional type from I to II in order not to mix the tenses?
    Can sentence 2 stay as it is?
    Although it belongs to sentence 1, it's a separate sentence.

    Cheers!

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    Re: If-sentence in combination with Sequence of Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    These two sentences are said:
    If Lisa comes, I will go home.
    And if Tina comes, everybody will go home.


    Now these two sentences get reported:
    He said (that) if Lisa came, he would go home.
    And if Tina comes, everybody will go home.

    Now my questions:
    Is it smart to change the conditional type from I to II in order not to mix the tenses?
    Can sentence 2 stay as it is?
    Although it belongs to sentence 1, it's a separate sentence.

    Cheers!
    I wouldn't make two sentences, it would be better like this,
    "He said (that) if Lisa came he would go home, and if Tina were to come, everybody would go home."

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