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    tense coincidence

    Hi!
    I would like to ask the question of coincidence of tense.
    Some sentences include past and future contents both.
    And some books say that if a independent clause uses past tense,
    then the after clause has to use past tense too.
    It means tenses need to be coincidence.(past tense---past tense)
    But some books say that determining will/would depends on whether matters have happened.
    I am confused by the two different opinions.
    Here are some examples below.

    eg1. Yesterday he said John will/would come here tomorrow.

    (Assuming that someone says this before "tomorrow",
    whether will or would is correct?
    Is there any difference?)

    eg2. Peter intended to marry when he is/was 28.
    (Assume Peter is just 25 years old now.)

    eg3.What would you do if you win/won the game?
    (Assume the game has not started yet.)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: tense coincidence

    Yesterday he said John will/would come here tomorrow.
    Both are possible.

    Peter intended to marry when he is/was 28.
    The use of the past-tense form 'intended' suggests that he no longer intends this. Only 'would' works for me.

    What would you do if you win/won the game?
    The use of 'would' after 'if' makes this a less likely hypothetical than 'will'; this needs to be reflected in the past-tense form 'won'.

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    Re: tense coincidence

    Thanks for reply. :)
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yesterday he said John will/would come here tomorrow.
    Both are possible.

    Is there any difference?
    Each of them in what condition?



    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Peter intended to marry when he is/was 28.
    The use of the past-tense form 'intended' suggests that he no longer intends this. Only 'would' works for me.

    Do you mean 'was' works ?
    ==>Peter intended to marry when he was 28. (I think no would or will here?)

    Thanks again.


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