I have got following two questions.

I wanted to ask am I correct in thinking that we can’t test token system?

I wanted to ask was I correct in thinking that we couldn't test token system?

I want to know which of the two is correct.

In both the question I have mentioned I wanted to ask (which is past tense)

In #1 I have written Am I correct (which is present tense),

but in #2 I have written Was I correct ( which is past tense).

Can we write a question in present tense followed by a past tense?

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  • I read through this question a few times and felt like I didn't understand English anymore. Formatting helps a great deal. – RegDwigнt Jul 2 '13 at 10:10
  • I edited a bit. – user1943282 Jul 2 '13 at 10:18
  • Please edit the question to clarify why exactly you think it would be right or wrong. It is not clear what your difficulty is with them. – MetaEd Jul 2 '13 at 11:29
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    Why have you written "I wanted to ask" in the past tense? Do you mean that yesterday you wanted to ask it, but today you've changed you mind and no longer want to ask it? If you still want to ask it, surely changing the first part into the present tense would solve your problem? – TrevorD Jul 2 '13 at 11:31
  • Additionally and alternatively, when did the 'thinking' take place? Where you thinking it yesterday - but not today? Or are you still thinking it today? We can't advise you what is correct, if we don't know what you are trying to say. – TrevorD Jul 2 '13 at 11:42

Not sure what you are looking for but here are some valid examples

Meeting John now

Hi John, I want to ask you if I am correct in thinking that we can’t test token systems

Wanted something yesterday - past tense of wanted

Yesterday I wanted to ask you if I am (still) correct in thinking that we can’t test token systems

Wanted something for a while

Glad I bumped into you since I wanted (for a while now) to ask you if I am (still) correct in thinking that we can’t test token systems

Thinking it at an earlier date - was correct

I wanted (or want) to ask you if (when I saw a suggestion yesterday) I was correct in thinking that we can’t test token systems

  • How about a chance meeting? "Aha! I'm glad I've seen you, because I wanted to ask whether we can test token systems" – Andrew Leach Jul 2 '13 at 12:29
  • Notice ... in all these cases he has can't and not couldn't, which I agree with. Unless you are asking about the ability to test token systems in the past which may be different than that ability today. – GEdgar Jul 2 '13 at 12:30
  • Andrew - yes that would work too :) – mplungjan Jul 2 '13 at 12:38
  • I was having this confusion that if part one was past tense then second part had to be past tense also. I was having this confusion because I was considering the mentioned examples as same as reported speech. I know these examples were not reported speech but I was kind of confused. – user1943282 Jul 2 '13 at 12:39

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