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    #1

    "I thought you were free now"

    "I thought you are free now".
    "I thought you were free now".

    Which one of the above is correct ?

    Also please tell me if I should use "I thought you were free then" in writing?

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    #2

    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    The second one. You might also say, "I thought you would be free now".

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    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    Thank you.

    Shouldn't 'now' be converted to 'then'? Is the second sentence grammatically correct? What about in writing?

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    #4

    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    Does 'free' refer to the time at the moment of speaking or an earlier time?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    If you are talking about the person addressed being free at the moment the words are uttered, then 'now' is the word to use.

    In writing, you are almost certainly talking about a time in the past, so 'then' is appropriate.

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    #6

    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    How about this email dialogue between two people in the same building but in different rooms?

    John: Can we get together to talk about this?
    Dave: Yeah, sure. Come down to my office.
    John: On my way.
    Dave: Hang on! I'm in the middle of something here. Give me ten minutes.
    John: Oh, sorry. I thought you were free now! I'll be there in ten.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    I said that in writing you were almost certainly talking about a time in the past. This is clearly not true of online chats, and 'live' text/sms and email conversations.

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    Re: "I thought you were free now"

    I should have made it clear that that wasn't meant to refer specifically to Piscean's comment about which might be used in writing. I was just showing how "were" might be used with "now".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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