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    #1

    I was surprised when I knew there was/is a Russian.

    I am living on campus, and my university is a collegiate one.

    In the hall, I know a Russian, and which tense should I use to tell him?:

    I was surprised when I knew there was/is a Russian.

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    #2

    Re: I was surprised when I knew there was/is a Russian.

    You are more likely to use find out than know for this.

    I was surprised when I found out there is/was a Russian here.

    Both present and past tenses are possible.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Oct-2012 at 16:08. Reason: typo

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    #3

    Re: I was surprised when I knew there was/is a Russian.

    Thank you. When both present and past tenses are possible, does it mean the rules of reported speech apply here?

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