Thursday, April 27, 2017

When the main verb of a sentence is in the past tense, the verb in a dependent clause is usually in the past tense (when the two events happen at the same time) or in the past perfect tense (when the dependent clause action happened first).

The present tense may be used in the dependent clause if it is describing a universal truth.


Incorrect I knew what she has said.
Correct I knew what she had said (dependent clause).

Incorrect We thought he will be happy about the news.
Correct We thought he would be happy about the news (dependent clause).

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