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    #1

    I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    1) I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    2) I've always thought that he was a great teacher.

    Which is correct? If both are correct, what's the difference?
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 01-Apr-2017 at 22:20.
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #2

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    in #1 he's still teaching; in 2 he may or may not still be teaching.

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    #3

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    in #1 he's still teaching; in 2 he may or may not still be teaching.
    [Question 1] Does #1 imply that the speaker thinks he is still a great teacher?

    [Question 2] If he is still teaching, does #2 imply that the speaker thinks he is still a great teacher?
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 02-Apr-2017 at 09:38.
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    #4

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Yes and yes.

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    #5

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Yes and yes.
    Does the following sentence sound weird to you?

    I've always thought that he was a great teacher, but I may change my mind.
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 03-Apr-2017 at 08:25. Reason: fixed typo. Thanks, jutfrank.
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    #6

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Yes.

    ("change my mind")

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    #7

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    You can say, e.g.,
    I've always thought that he was a great teacher, but I may change my mind if the rumours about his professional misconduct turn out to be true.

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    #8

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Do #1 and #2 have the same meaning if he is still teaching?
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #9

    Re: I've always thought that he's a great teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    Do #1 and #2 have the same meaning if he is still teaching?
    Probably, yes.

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