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    My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says: I t

    My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow.

    I say: Going to study.

    He says: I thought you will/would play basketball.

    Are both will and would wrong here?

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    No, "will" is wrong.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    Is 'will' wrong because the speaker no longer thinks so now?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    No. "I thought you will" is wrong in any context.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    'I saw Peter yesterday. He thought you will play basketball tomorrow. Will you?'
    I think the second 'will' is correct. How about the first one?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    No, the first one is wrong.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    "No, I thought you were going to play basketball tomorrow. Are you going to?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    It's a situation/condition that is still true; backshifting is not necessary.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The tense backshift is optional there.
    Why is backshifting necessary/not optional in 'He thought you would play basketball tomorrow'? Could it be a difference between AmE and BrE?

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Why is backshifting necessary/not optional in 'He thought you would play basketball tomorrow'? Could it be a difference between AmE and BrE?
    This quote-mining and re-presentation out of context is not useful, and at worst, completely confusing. No, it's not a regional difference. "I thought you will" is wrong, regardless of whether backshifting might be optional in some other context.

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    Re: My friend asks: What are you doing tomorrow. I say: Going to study. He says:

    How about 'He said you will play basketball tomorrow'?

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