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    Won't or wouldn't?

    Hi. Please, help me with the dilemma about whether I should apply sequence of tenses rule in this particular case, or not. Which is correct of these two sentences?

    a) I was so happy when I received your invitation, but then I realized that I wouldn't be able to come.

    b) I was so happy when I received your invitation, but then I realized that I won't be able to come.

    I'm referring to a future situation, not the occasion that had already happened. So, I guess the b) sentence is correct, but I would really appreciate your answer and explanation.
    Looking forward to your reply,
    Aleksije
    Last edited by aleksije; 11-Nov-2015 at 13:36.

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    Re: Won't or wouldn't?

    They are both fine.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Won't or wouldn't?

    If the situation reported/known/realised/etc is still valid at the time of reporting, backshifting is correct, but not essential.

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