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    came or come plz advice

    I generally get confuse in such situation..I think it should be come to my mind.

    Please help

    When we were instructed that we have to select any topic related to environment for the project, lots of topics come to the mind.

    Thanks and Regards

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    Re: came or come plz advice

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    When we were instructed that we have (or had) to select any topic related to the environment for the project, lots of topics coame to the mind.
    'have' is possible (because there is still a present obligation), but tenses are normally backshifted in reported speech.

    The topics came to mind - past time, past tense.

    I can say that things 'come (in)to my mind', but the normal idiomatic expression is come to mind.

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