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    past or present tense?

    It seems to the writer that it would be necessary for the doctor to convince Mr. Smith that this was in his best interest

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    It seems to the writer that it will be necessary for the doctor to convnice Mr. Smith that this is in his best interest

    I read this in a newspaper and I am wondering when do we use past tense and when we do we use the present tense?

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    Re: past or present tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    It seems to the writer that it would be necessary for the doctor to convince Mr. Smith that this was in his best interest.

    or

    It seems to the writer that it will be necessary for the doctor to convince Mr. Smith that this is in his best interest.
    With the introductory 'it seems', I would choose the second.

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    Re: past or present tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    It seems to the writer that it would be necessary for the doctor to convince Mr. Smith that this was in his best interest

    or

    It seems to the writer that it will be necessary for the doctor to convnice Mr. Smith that this is in his best interest

    I read this in a newspaper and I am wondering when do we use past tense and when we do we use the present tense?
    "It seems to the writer that it will be necessary for the doctor to convnice Mr. Smith that this is in his best interest"

    This senyence is absolutely correct. The first one is not because at the beginning there is the present tense "seemS" and therefore we can't use "would" in the following.

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