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    sequence of tenses

    Hello,

    -I learnt yesterday when you would go to Paris.

    -I learnt yesterday when you will go to Paris.

    The first part of the sentence is past, the second one is the action which will be in future. And I want to ask which one must be used to be more clear?

    Thanks...

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    Re: sequence of tenses

    As the going to Paris is still in the future, both are fine. Backshifting (into a past-tense form) is almost always correct in indirect speech. If the situation reported is still true, then backshifting is not essential.

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    Re: sequence of tenses

    So many thanks... And then the sentences I wrote are correct too.

    I already knew we can.
    Could you guess we will be able to do this?

    P.S :The situation reported is still true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    So many thanks... And then the sentences I wrote are correct too.

    I already knew we can.
    Could you guess we will be able to do this?

    P.S :The situation reported is still true.
    No, those are not correct.

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    But the teacher 5jj said that we can use. I couldn't understand why the first post is correct as he said, and why the second is wrong as you said to me.

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    Re: sequence of tenses

    I will write a few sentences to be more clear.

    -Don't worry Jessica, I already knew where youl will go.

    -I couldn't understand why the students can't understand this problem.

    - Calinda: I can't leave this town.
    Camella:Don't worry... I guessed you can't leave this town.

    P.S: The situation is still true. Could you please correct me because I have been confused. If the sentence I wrote are not natural, could you please write some more natural sentenes?

    Thanks all...

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    Re: sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    I will write a few sentences to be more clear.

    -Don't worry Jessica, I already knew where youl will go.

    -I couldn't understand why the students can't understand this problem.

    - Calinda: I can't leave this town.
    Camella:Don't worry... I guessed you can't leave this town.

    P.S: The situation is still true. Could you please correct me because I have been confused. If the sentence I wrote are not natural, could you please write some more natural sentenes?

    Thanks all...
    -Don't worry Jessica, I already knew where you would go.
    -I couldn't understand why the students couldn'tunderstand this problem.
    - Calinda: I can't leave this town.
    Camella:Don't worry... I guessed you couldn'tleave this town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As the going to Paris is still in the future, both are fine. Backshifting (into a past-tense form) is almost always correct in indirect speech. If the situation reported is still true, then backshifting is not essential.
    -I learnt yesterday when you would go to Paris.

    -I learnt yesterday when you will go to Paris.

    But he said that they are correct. And it made sense to me. For this reason I have been confused.

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    I have given you my opinion. I can do no more than that.

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    #10

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    Thanks for all the answers...

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