0

Is the phrase "I didn't realize" always followed by a clause in the Simple Past tense, or it can be followed with other tenses as well? For context: "I didn't realize there were times you inadvertently dramatized things" vs "I didn't realize there are times you inadvertently dramatize things"

2
  • I look forward to the real answer. But also consider "I hadn't realized". I think the following clause could certainly use other tenses.
    – Elliot
    Mar 31, 2020 at 3:56
  • Consider the following: "When we started this class, I didn't realize you would be such a difficult lab partner."
    – RobJarvis
    Mar 31, 2020 at 20:10

1 Answer 1

1

In your example, both are grammatical and natural, and they mean the same thing.

1
  • 1
    Have you a reference to back up this assertion? Answers without supporting references come across as (and sometimes are) mere opinion, and are sometimes wrong. Mar 31, 2020 at 19:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.