an agreement of tenses issue

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White Hat

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The original sentence is:

Ted said: "When I am a famous musician, people won't give a hoot about my knowledge of atoms and molecules."

I wonder which one is correct if we try to paraphrase the sentence above:

Ted said that when he was a famous musician, people wouldn't give a hoot...

or

Ted said that when he would be a famous musician, people wouldn't give a hoot...


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When he was.
 

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Thank you, Sir.
 

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In addition to SoothingDave's answer you can also say '...when he became a famous musician....'

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In addition to SoothingDave's answer you can also say '...when he became a famous musician....'

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"Becomes" I think. It's someone talking about his future plans.
 

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I thought about using "becomes", but then wouldn't that be violating the laws of agreement of tenses?
 

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I thought about using "becomes", but then wouldn't that be violating the laws of agreement of tenses?


I'd use 'became'. If we are going to backshift one verb, won't, then it's better to backshift both.
 
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