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    chameleon82 is offline Newbie
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    We suspected that they are/were fooling us ...

    Kindly help me with this, which one is correct grammatically ???

    1. We suspected that they are fooling us therefore we paid no heed to their advice.

    2. We suspected that they were fooling us therefore we paid no heed to their advice.

    Can we use Present in Simple Past Sentence or we can only use Past within a Past Sentence ???

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    Re: Present in Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by chameleon82 View Post
    Please help me with this. Which one is correct grammatically?

    1. We suspected that they are fooling us.Therefore we paid no heed to their advice.

    2. We suspected that they were fooling us. Therefore we paid no heed to their advice.

    Can we use Present in Simple Past Sentence or we can only use Past within a Past Sentence ???
    We don't capitalize the names of the tenses. Also say:

    We suspected that they were trying to fool us. Therefore, we paid no heed to their advice.

    Clearly, they didn't fool you, so "trying to fool us" is the right choice.

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    Re: Present in Simple Past

    Quote Originally Posted by chameleon82 View Post
    Kindly help me with this. Which one is correct grammatically? ???

    1. We suspected that they are fooling us therefore we paid no heed to their advice.

    2. We suspected that they were fooling us; therefore, we paid no heed to their advice. [With the punctuation I've added, this is correct.]

    Can we use present in simple past sentences, or can we can only use past within a past sentence? ???
    See above. In this sentence, only a past tense is possible. The past perfect could also work there.

    Capitalize the first word of each sentence, acronyms, and every proper noun or honorific title (Mr. Johnson; President Obama). Don't capitalize other words.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: We suspected that they are/were fooling us ...

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

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