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    mixing past and present tense

    This is driving me crazy.

    So I wrote the sentence:

    I was so sure that I am shy.

    Meaning I am no longer sure that I am a shy person.

    Is this acceptable?

    I've tried variation of this to try to get the same meaning:

    I was so sure that I was shy. -this doesn't sound right to me. This makes it sound like I am talking about a past event in which I was shy. I am trying to talk about me now in the present time.

    I am not sure if I am shy anymore. This works but it so long and I wanted to write a short, concise sentence. This sentence also seems to lean to the idea that I am inclined to think that I am not shy anymore. The first sentence I wrote seems to allow the idea that I still believe I am shy.

    So yes, this has been bothering me for a while now.

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    Re: mixing past and present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhanhvy View Post
    This is driving me crazy.

    So I wrote the sentence:

    I was so sure that I am shy.

    Meaning I am no longer sure that I am a shy person.

    Is this acceptable?

    I've tried variation of this to try to get the same meaning:

    I was so sure that I was shy. -this doesn't sound right to me. This makes it sound like I am talking about a past event in which I was shy. I am trying to talk about me now in the present time.

    I am not sure if I am shy anymore. This works but it so long and I wanted to write a short, concise sentence. This sentence also seems to lean to the idea that I am inclined to think that I am not shy anymore. The first sentence I wrote seems to allow the idea that I still believe I am shy.

    So yes, this has been bothering me for a while now.
    What about, "I used to be so sure I was shy". Implying that you are not so sure anymore.

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