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  1. B45
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    My friend says she really likes me. I say to her: That's all I need to know. VS T

    My friend says she really likes me. I say to her:

    That's all I need to know.

    VS

    That's all I needed to know.

    What's the difference here?

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    Re: My friend says she really likes me. I say to her: That's all I need to know. V

    If you say "That's all I need to know" you indicate simply that you are content with the present state of affairs.

    "That's all I needed to know" on the other hand implies that there is some condition attached to the assertion that is now probably going to be acted upon. We don't know whether you are going to leave her or ask her to marry you, or what the action is.

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    Re: My friend says she really likes me. I say to her: That's all I need to know. V

    I don't see the same difference as probus. I think either could be used simply to indicate that that was all the information you require/required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend says she really likes me. I say to her: That's all I need to know. V

    Batman, I don't see a real difference there. The change in tense doesn't alter the meaning.

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