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Which is correct in this scenario?

  1. "When you mentioned that you wanted this book, I knew I had to get it for you."
  2. "When you mentioned that you want this book, I knew I had to get it for you."

The first sentence sounds more accurate to me, but the desire for the book has not gone away. She mentioned that she wanted it at the time, but she still wants the book.

  • It should be wanted. – Qian Chen Apr 10 '18 at 0:20
  • they both work, but we usually like to keep tense matching – dandavis Apr 10 '18 at 1:40
  • @ElgsQianChen If you want to answer the question, you can post it as an answer. And if you think it shouldn't be answered due to lack of research, and you want to put a comment, at least explain why it shouldn't be want. – haha Apr 10 '18 at 1:47
  • @dandavis Why do you think they both work? – haha Apr 10 '18 at 1:50
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    The question here is about backshift in reported speech. There have been numerous similar questions on this site over the years. Here is one with an answer that has references from various grammar resources: english.stackexchange.com/questions/240479/… – Shoe Apr 10 '18 at 6:35

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