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    Tense shift in sentence

    I have a doubt connected with example of one sentence.
    When someone comes to a meeting with me and I was not sure of that fact before, should I say:
    a) I didn't know if you come.
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    b) I didn't know if you would come.
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    Talking Re: Tense shift in sentence

    I think it's b), because it's "Conditional Type 2".
    Conditional Sentence Type 2

    → It is possible but very unlikely, that the condition will be fulfilled.
    Form: if + Simple Past, Conditional I (= would + Infinitive)
    Example: If I found her address, I would send her an invitation.

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    Re: Tense shift in sentence

    b) is OK, or I didn't know (that) you were coming/were going to come.

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    Re: Tense shift in sentence

    Thanks.
    And one more thing, is there a future tense shift after "whether" as it is after "if".
    For example:
    a) "I am not sure whether he will do it." (do something in the future)
    or
    b) a) "I am not sure whether he does it." (do something in the future) ?

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    Re: Tense shift in sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    a) "I am not sure whether he will do it." (do something in the future) That's OK.
    or
    b) a) "I am not sure whether he does it." (do something in the future) ?
    That's not. It refers to doubt about whether he does it generally.

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