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    something so that he would remember/punctuation

    1-I said something so that she would remember me.
    2-I said something, so that she would remember me.

    Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences?
    Does the comma change anything?

    Does "1" mean "I said something that I believe would make her remember me."?
    Does "2" mean "I said something, beleiving the fact that I said something would make her remember me." (I could have said anything. It did not matter what I said.)

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    Re: something so that he would remember/punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I said something so that she would remember me.
    2-I said something, so that she would remember me.

    Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences?
    Does the comma change anything?

    Does "1" mean "I said something that I believeD would make her remember me."? What you believe now is irrelevant.
    Does "2" mean "I said something, belIEving the fact that I said something would make her remember me." (I could have said anything. It did not matter what I said.)
    In BR Eng, the past perfect would be preferable in the 2nd sentence, but not everyone would care.

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    Re: something so that he would remember/punctuation

    Thanks Bob.

    I do not see why the past perfect should be used there.

    A-An hour ago, at the meeting, I said something, so that she would remember me next year.

    The question is whether the comma after "something" does modify the meaning. But I do not think that tenses come into play here. But I am now afraid that I might be missing something bigger than what I was looking for here!

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    Re: something so that he would remember/punctuation

    I wouldn't use a comma.

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    Re: something so that he would remember/punctuation

    Nor would I, but if I did I'd use a past perfect (in the rewritten, unnumbered versions): "I said something, believing [that] the fact that I had said something would make her remember me." (What she would remember was 'Oh I remember him. He's the one who said....'; indirect speech in the past => back-shift. (As I said, not everone would bother about the back-shifting.) I regard the comma and the back-shifting as related (though not in a formal way).

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