"I never said that you are not paying taxes, I just said that some of those who doubt our sovereignty don't."

I don't really pay much attention to tenses (I'm not a native speaker), but I'm uncertain if my choice of tenses is correct in this sentence (are both Present Progressive and Simple Present correct in the first clause, and if I want to use the Present Progressive, am I still allowed to use the Simple Present in the second clause)?

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  • Yes, that sentence is correct. – Kace36 Jul 9 '17 at 22:53
  • Some people might prefer "I never said that you were not paying taxes" or "I have never said that you are not paying taxes" – Henry Jul 10 '17 at 0:46
  • I think the lack of symmetry is a stylistic weakness here. Either I never said that you are not paying taxes ... some ... aren't or I never said that you do not pay taxes ... some ... don't would be more natural / elegant. It's just a stylistic choice whether to cast either or both highlighted elements in the past tense (past tense certainly doesn't imply that either the addressee or those doubters might have only recently started paying tax). – FumbleFingers Jul 10 '17 at 17:37

Yes, and you could also say, "I never said that you do not pay taxes." This would make it parallel in construction with the "don't" at the end of the sentence.


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