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    If someone asks me "Did you contact Jerry?" and I was told by Simon that he would contact Jerry, which one of the following is a correct reply:-

    (1) No, I thought Simon was going to contact him.
    (2) No, I think Simon is going to contact him.
    (3) No, I thought Simon will contact him.
    (4) No, I thought Simon would contact him.

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    Re: thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    If someone asks me "Did you contact Jerry?" and I was told by Simon that he would contact Jerry, which one of the following is a correct reply:-

    (1) No, I thought Simon was going to contact him.
    (2) No, I think Simon is going to contact him.
    (3) No, I thought Simon will contact him.
    (4) No, I thought Simon would contact him.

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    The proper answer is "No, Simon told me that he would contact Jerry."
    However, if we assume that Simon didn't speak to you, and you just thought that Simon would contact Jerry, then 1, 2 or 4 could be right, depending on the timing of all these events and other contextual factors.
    3. is always wrong.

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    Re: thought

    It seems to me that (1) sounds less certain (about whether Simon will contact Jerry) than (2). Is that the difference between (1) and (2)?


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The proper answer is "No, Simon told me that he would contact Jerry."
    However, if we assume that Simon didn't speak to you, and you just thought that Simon would contact Jerry, then 1, 2 or 4 could be right, depending on the timing of all these events and other contextual factors.
    3. is always wrong.

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    Re: thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    It seems to me that (1) sounds less certain (about whether Simon will contact Jerry) than (2). Is that the difference between (1) and (2)?
    No, you would only use 2 if there is still a possibility of Simon contacting him.
    Obviously "somebody" is asking you this for a reason. If it's too late now to contact Jerry, there's no point saying 2.

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    Re: thought

    So if I use 1, do I mean there is no possibility of Simon contacting Jerry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you would only use 2 if there is still a possibility of Simon contacting him.
    Obviously "somebody" is asking you this for a reason. If it's too late now to contact Jerry, there's no point saying 2.

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    Re: thought

    Agree with Raymott on all points. Maybe a little context will help with the final question.

    For instance, maybe you and Simon are inviting people to a party. If another friend asks you if you contacted Jerry (to invite him to the party), you might say, "No, but I think Simon is going to contact him." You're not totally sure but you figure that will happen soon. (Note that I think the word "but" sounds a little more natural there, at least to me.)

    Option 1 does pretty much suggest that the moment has passed to call Jerry. Maybe everyone is meeting up for a night at the movies. Everyone gets there except Jerry. The movie starts in a couple of minutes, so there is no time to make any more calls. Someone asks you if you contacted Jerry, and you use Option 1 because the time for calling is over. Does that make sense?
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