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    When to use is and was

    I just wanted to ask that whether this sentence is correct or not I am a bit confused that if I put the comma the same sentence turned out to be correct and once I delete the comma the sentence turns out to be incorrect.

    'No, I thought, this is your number.'

    'No, I thought this is your number.'

    The first sentence seems to be correct whereas the second sentence shows that instead of 'is' we should use ' was'.

    Could someone help me.

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    #2

    Re: When to use is and was

    Most natural, I think, is:

    I thought this was your number.

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    #3

    Re: When to use is and was

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadia01 View Post
    'No, I thought, this is your number.'

    'No, I thought this is your number.'
    Either one could be correct. The first needs quotation marks: "No", I thought, "this is your number." It means that I had the quoted phrase in my mind.

    The second is a response to something previously said:

    A. Did you call me at 987-654-3210?

    B. No, I thought this is your number. (B shows A a scrap of paper with a different number written on it.)

    Was would be more natural than is​ in both sentences.
    I am not a teacher.

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