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    Question I found that

    1. I found that you have used word "we" many times
    2. I found that you had used word "we" many times
    3. I found that it is right to be honest.

    which one is correct? or all of them are correct? How should I use the correct tense for the subordinate clause?

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    Re: I found that

    Quote Originally Posted by habis View Post
    1. I found that you have used ^the word "we" many times The present perfect doesn't work with 'found'.
    2. I found that you had used ^the word "we" many times
    3. I found that it is right to be honest. Unlike 1, the mixed tenses work here.
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    2 is right as far as the tenses are concerned, but needs the article.

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    Re: I found that

    1. I found that he is a teacher.
    2. I found that he was a teacher.
    3. I found that he had been a teacher.
    4. I found that he has been a teacher.

    Am I right?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I found that

    I can see a situation where number 1 would work.
    Imagine I am sitting with my student looking over their work, which I assessed earlier in the day. Then I could say "I found" (relating to earlier), and the phrase "you have used" relates to the paper we are presently looking at together.
    A bit obscure but the situation could arise, probably in speaking rather than writing.

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    Re: I found that

    Matthew;
    4. could still work- it would suggest the person is no longer a teacher.
    A listener might say after 2. or 3. "When was that?"
    or after 4. "So what happened to him?"
    or after 2. "Is he still a teacher?"
    Last edited by Peedeebee; 09-Nov-2015 at 12:21. Reason: link to Matthew's post

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