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    #1

    I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to ...

    May I use backshift, i.e. use 'needed' instead of 'need' below?
    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I completely forgot the fact that you need to make more than ten posts to be able to use Private Message.

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    #2

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    To which thread does this relate?

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    #3

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    In any quote box, after the username, there is a double-arrow icon, which is linked to the relevant post.

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    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    No. It's a general statement about something that's always true, so present tense is used. The timing of one's forgetfulness doesn't change that.

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    #5

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    How about 'I forgot the fact that you would not come tomorrow'?

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    #6

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    I am not a teacher.

    I'd say, 'I forgot (the fact) that you weren't coming tomorrow'.

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    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    It's a general statement about something that's always true, so present tense is used.
    Does the above apply to the following?
    'People did not think/know/realize that the earth revolves around the sun.'

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    #8

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    Yes.

    The backshifting is also acceptable.

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    #9

    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    Both the that-clauses in post#1 and post#7 are general statements about something that's always true, so why is backshifting acceptable in the latter but not in the former?

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    Re: I completely forgot the fact that you need/needed to make more than ten posts to

    Are you talking about this?

    'People did not think/know/realize that the earth revolves around the sun.'


    That's not a general statement about something that's always true. It's a statement about what people thought (or didn't think) in the past.

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