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X was emerging means that at some time in the past, X started emerging, and likely stopped emerging before now - presumably because it became what it was "emerging as". X is emerging means that now, X has just begun or is currently emerging. The sentence is saying that Congress was emerging as a forceful organization and the people would be convinced ...


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New here, so bear with me please! I have to agree that two past tenses sound much better. Had and was. If it had been changed to "he tells me to give this to you when the time is right" would then sound correct. Just need to match up all the tenses, even though sometimes they sound awkward??? Thanks for your patience, trying to brush up for writing ...


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In your A sentences we have a straightforward situation. Backshifting after a past-tense reporting verb is nearly always correct, even when the statement is a universal truth, so A2 is correct. Non-backshifting, if the reported statement is still true or (as in first conditional sentences) possible at the time of reporting is also correct, so A1 is ...


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I think what is wanted in the second example of each pair is a past participle to go with the subject, i.e., A.2. "You'd said if I could keep up you'd let me in join in." B.2. "He'd just told me that it's important and to give it to you when the time was right." That is, the past tenses in these sentences' predicates seem stranded without a matching tense ...



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