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    Post Just when I thought I can/could...

    Teachers,

    Is this grammatically correct?

    Just when I thought I can live my life alone, it was only then that I realized how stupid I have become.

    Should I change can to could?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Just when I thought I can/could...

    I would use 'could' and 'had' instead of 'can' and 'have', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Just when I thought I can/could...

    Would that mean that it's not right to use the words 'can' and 'have' in the given sentence?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Just when I thought I can/could...

    The whole sentence refers to the past, so I would not use 'can' and 'have'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Just when I thought I can/could...

    ....Or put the thought in quotes: 'Just when I thought "I can live my life alone"...' Quotation marks can be a neat way of avoiding worries about the grammar; unfortunately, though, they're hard to hear.

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    Re: Just when I thought I can/could...

    I would use "could" and "had".

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