Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    kingtrn is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Posts
    31

    I've just heard my mother mentioning them once...

    I don't know what is the correct way to say something like:

    I've just heard my mother mentioning them once that they are living in California.

    => I mean: my mother once mentioned about my uncles, she said that they live in California, and I somehow heard that. So when someone asks about my uncles, I will tell them the above sentence.
    Please help me correct anything wrong in my post. I really appreciate and am very grateful for that.

  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    25,679

    Re: I've just heard my mother mentioning them once...

    "I heard my mother saying once that they were living in California." (If you heard it once in the past they might not still be living in California.)
    "I remember my mother mentioning once that they lived in California."
    "I've only heard my mother mention them once. She said they lived in California."
    "My mother once mentioned my uncles. She said that they lived in California." (Since that's what you say you mean). Remember with reported speech that you can always backshift the tense (and should, in my opinion).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •