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  1. Cap1034
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    The reason of the tense.

    What I was surprised at was that they were all kids who didn't know how to read.

    "were" and "didn't know.."
    The reason it is in the past tense is what?

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    Re: The reason of the tense.

    Probably because the person was taking about a past-time situation.

  3. Cap1034
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    Re: The reason of the tense.

    Thank you.
    But is it possible this is because of the sequence of tenses?
    Like, I thought you were right.

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    Re: The reason of the tense.

    'I thought you were right' is also a past-time situation.

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    Re: The reason of the tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmorgan View Post
    What I was surprised at was that they were all kids who didn't know how to read.

    "were" and "didn't know.."
    The reason it is in the past tense is what?
    There's no special sequence of tenses here. Each can be taken on its own to mean what it does.
    Which tenses would you use in such a sentence?

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