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    have or had

    Which is correct? And please explain why. Thank you.
    1. I thought you had a job.
    2. I thought you have a job.


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    Re: have or had

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    Which is correct? And please explain why. Thank you.
    1. I thought you had a job.
    2. I thought you have a job.
    Only the first one is correct: 1. I thought you had a job.

    It's a very interesting question. I don't think I've ever seen an explanation for this in a grammar or course book so I'll just give you my opinion as a teacher and native speaker.

    If I say "I thought you had a job", it means "I thought you had a job but I now know you do not have a job." So we're talking about a situation that belongs to the past: therefore had not have.

    To express the same type of situation, you can also use the past tense when talking about the future. For instance, if a friend is coming to stay with you and he or she arrives a day earlier than expected, you can say "But I thought you were coming tomorrow!"

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    Re: have or had

    A. "Hi, I want to tell you I get that job!"
    B. "I knew you got/get it."

    In this case, get or got, which one is right? Please.


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    A. "Hi, I want to tell you I get that job!"

    For you to be able to tell me - at this moment - that you have found a job, then you must have found the job before this very moment, that is, say, yesterday - that is, it's past. So you must use the past tense.
    'I want to tell you that I got that job.'
    or
    'I want to tell you, I did get that job (that I was telling you I was going to apply for.)

    B. "I knew you got/get it."
    'I knew when I heard you were going to apply/going for the interview, that you would get it.'
    or
    'I know. I heard that you had got it.'

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    Re: have or had

    Thanks!


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    Thanks naomimalan.

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