Tag: backshifting

10 Why is this sentence wrong "He wasn't a stranger because I have met him before"? 2016-05-18T17:07:14.167

9 past simple or present in this case: "It would be nice to see you before I leave (left)." 2015-07-24T08:02:20.617

9 Should I backshift second conditionals in reported speech? 2015-09-09T19:45:11.110

9 The teacher told us that ice {floats/floated} on water 2016-01-04T13:27:53.830

8 past simple versus past perfect 2014-09-20T07:49:13.387

8 Direct and indirect speech 2015-05-27T12:43:05.927

7 Backshifting in reported speech - "I wanted to let you know that he HAS/HAD sent you the letter" 2014-11-08T06:31:55.203

7 Meanng of past-tense "wished" in "If I bought that apartment, we'd have a place to party whenever we wished" 2016-01-03T07:53:16.480

6 Mixing tenses in reported speech sentences 2015-01-07T14:01:13.033

6 Is backshift necessary in this case 2015-03-21T14:56:07.203

6 Sentence with "while" in a reported speech: is backshifting necessary? 2015-12-21T18:47:28.590

5 Should I be using 'is' or 'was' in reported speech? 2015-03-24T10:30:30.267

5 Should I use "would be" or "would have been" in the following case? 2015-04-16T07:02:50.750

5 Indirect speech: is "has been" acceptable in “…the matter has been taken up with Saudi authorities”? 2015-10-09T11:06:36.483

5 Changing the verb for indirect quote/reported speech expressing habitual actions 2018-04-14T03:56:16.917

4 Why do these sentences, which have similar structures, use different tenses in their object clauses? 2014-11-13T08:30:13.380

4 The Subjunctive in Past "as If" Sentences 2015-03-10T21:33:17.603

3 Why is it grammatically correct to use present tense in this sentence? 2014-08-06T18:05:30.050

3 Past tense of "Seems like everything I've been doing recently is to follow people around." 2014-09-25T13:33:38.033

3 When matrix clause is past tense and its subordinate clause uses 'will' 2014-10-13T22:51:44.043

3 Conditionals in reported speech 2015-01-06T13:39:16.397

3 How to use 'could' in following sentences? 2015-01-07T14:36:32.667

3 "A law decreased what schools had been permitted" vs. "are permitted" 2015-01-19T16:20:20.983

3 How to say what other people have said? 2015-03-17T07:37:07.077

3 had selected vs. selected 2015-04-29T19:31:01.070

3 Difference between Simple Past and Past Perfect 2015-05-05T03:46:49.723

3 Reported speech (back shifting of tense) query 2015-10-08T17:20:52.340

3 She is/was going to the cinema 2015-10-13T05:04:25.710

3 Backshifting 'could' and 'would' in a work of fiction 2015-11-23T05:40:11.777

3 When constructing a hypothetical sentence, do I have to keep all the tenses in the past? 2015-12-06T05:12:29.880

3 mixed tenses/tenses agreement 2015-12-09T18:41:36.597

3 How to backshift epistemic 'would' 2015-12-12T17:32:57.030

3 harmony of tenses, sentence construction , like/liked 2015-12-23T14:45:45.257

3 'would have had to 2017-09-15T09:05:30.473

3 Should I treat quotes from God as universal truth for narration? 2018-04-08T22:14:54.150

3 "she was raped" or "she had been raped" in this reported speech 2018-10-22T07:16:45.610

3 She told me that she HAS / HAD a gun 2019-07-21T19:29:27.143

2 Verb tense "had left" versus "left" 2014-09-16T17:55:09.633

2 Present perfect or present simple 2014-10-23T10:14:54.493

2 Reported speech of "I have no idea where Jim is" 2015-02-16T20:52:46.257

2 Dilemma about tense in Second Conditional question 2015-03-15T21:30:59.443

2 The curious case of backshifting 2015-09-26T07:53:41.850

2 Does placing a statement in quotes, invalidate the need to backshift? 2015-09-10T14:45:02.607

2 What is the rule of tense backshifting in a subordinate clause following a past form modal verb? 2015-10-05T12:36:42.477

2 Is "I heard you had ..." a valid expression? 2015-11-06T16:27:47.203

2 Had been/have been... tenses agreement 2015-12-07T08:20:18.917

2 tenses/ backshifting died/dies 2015-12-27T19:31:47.180

2 Difference in "was having dinner" & "had been having dinner" 2016-01-08T08:30:59.593

2 "Bare infinitive" vs. "perfect infinitive" in past time narration 2016-01-16T13:28:25.527

2 backshifting in the context of one clause 2016-02-02T15:45:37.760

2 a question about tense backshifting 2016-10-02T19:40:16.787

2 Confusion about "Backshift" of Verbs in Indirect Speech (To Kill a Mockingbird) 2016-10-07T12:25:02.723

2 Sequence of tenses for facts irrelevant of the moment of speech 2017-05-17T12:57:03.753

2 Facts in reported speech – to backshift or not 2018-03-26T07:51:44.893

2 "until something" in reported speech 2018-03-28T14:00:10.543

2 "If I knew what you want/wanted to eat tonight" 2018-09-14T18:53:02.847

2 Backshifting in Reported Speech 2018-09-22T03:59:33.540

2 Past simple in specific reported speech 2019-12-12T02:27:12.973

1 Would you say "She had nothing to do except spending money"? 2013-09-07T14:39:56.497

1 Tense change in reported speech 2014-07-13T02:18:13.733

1 "Could you tell me where she works?" vs "Could you tell me where she worked?" 2014-10-06T13:10:22.223

1 Conditional sentence type 1 2015-01-09T15:14:45.673

1 "past simple tense + before + past perfect tense" pattern 2015-01-22T03:16:58.937

1 Present tense and past tense 2015-01-24T07:13:14.150

1 Backshifting: past simple to past perfect 2015-03-19T19:07:00.613

1 Present tense during past for vividness 2015-04-30T08:44:21.217

1 Is using "were" or "are" better in the conversation 2015-05-15T03:09:00.467

1 "I would leave tommorow" - is it grammatical? 2015-08-20T08:24:18.397

1 "Would have done..", a corpus-based enquiry 2015-09-27T16:51:40.017

1 Reported speech (back shifting of tense) 2015-10-10T17:35:11.320

1 Tenses agreement..Have/had..and how backshifting works 2015-12-08T19:17:51.210

1 Usage of had *ed and were in the same sentence 2015-12-22T22:16:05.510

1 Which tense is better: "He wanted me to ask you how you were (are?) doing." 2015-12-28T18:55:59.897

1 backshifting of the "had to" 2016-02-03T13:25:56.130

1 When she said that she loves or loved 2016-03-05T19:03:45.303

1 Is past tense "existed" obligatory in "You could show that the amino acid now existed as a negative ion using electrophoresis." 2016-04-21T04:48:05.113

1 mixing tenses in a sentence with "while" 2016-08-29T12:06:02.390

1 the backshifting in one sentence 2016-09-01T19:03:34.197

1 confusion over which tense: Present Simple or? 2016-12-26T08:56:06.470

1 Is a verb missing from "...the company had turned away from DJs and towards the audiophile market..."? 2017-01-08T09:28:38.300

1 Tense agreement: "confirmed it is" v.s. "confirmed it was" 2017-01-17T04:07:13.823

1 "I thought you WRITE or WROTE poetry" - which is correct? 2017-02-12T12:17:41.487

1 He said that his job IS/WAS boring 2017-03-14T07:14:49.427

1 incorrect time in the sentence? 2017-05-27T20:02:05.987

1 Reported speech uncertainty 2017-12-30T15:10:01.923

1 How old were you? 2018-07-05T15:36:53.630

1 "I askED him if he knowS..." or "knew" - which one is correct? 2018-09-09T20:57:52.470

1 Are both of these sentences correct? 2018-10-20T20:32:10.930

1 Which one is the correct form of reported speech for the following sentence? 2018-12-18T20:25:37.893

1 sequence of tenses issue (called) 2019-09-26T14:47:16.407

1 backshifting past simple in that clauses 2019-11-28T19:52:44.607

1 Sequence of tences 2019-12-08T07:24:13.573

1 future in reported speech when reporting verb is in the past 2019-12-18T00:07:17.130

1 Have you explained why you did/have done/had done? 2020-01-04T21:26:48.227

1 "Everybody thought we should sell" vs "Everybody thought we should have sold" 2020-01-18T11:37:54.357

1 The usage of past perfect 2020-02-17T09:17:28.820

1 Reported Speech - Backshifting or not? 2020-03-25T21:49:12.540

1 "found out that she had a boyfriend" Vs "found out that she has a boyfriend"? 2020-04-12T11:30:57.173

1 Doubt about backshift (reported speech) for events that are still on going 2020-06-12T11:34:49.807