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    I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    Hello. I'd like to know which tense to put the verb in ( present or past) in a sentence:
    I was wondering which country you are/were representing ( it's about a sport competition that is happening right now and I'm talking to the person in the present). much obliged

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    You will hear both forms.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You will hear both forms.

    Is this the case that technically were is grammatically correct but in spoken english people would usually use are?

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    I suppose that 'were' is the logical choice. I would guess that more people would use 'were' than 'are', but I have no figures to support this.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    It doesn't matter because the answer will be the same unless the person has changed country between the wondering and the asking.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    There is a rule, to harmonize the tenses: "I didn't know you were British." v. "I didn't know you are British."
    Logically, you should be able to choose the present; in practice it often sounds unnatural, and what sounds natural, and is most often said, is rather illogical. So be it.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

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    It doesn't matter because the answer will be the same unless the person has changed country between the wondering and the asking.

    Could you rephrase or explain what you said or give an example? I didn't get it.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    Could you rephrase or explain what you said or give an example? I didn't get it.
    My response was to Piscean. Rephrasing it is not worth the bother. You can use either.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    How about this: Have you heard anything about it? (this part is clear) but what if I started the sentence, still talking to the person in the present, like this:
    I was just going to ask you/I wanted to ask you if (here comes the tricky part) you've/you'd/ you heard anything about it.
    Last edited by andi harper; 22-Mar-2016 at 10:12.

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    Re: I was wondering which country you are/were representing

    "Wanna" is not an English word. Please edit your post so it does not contain non-standard/sub-standard English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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