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"

  • 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

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

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    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

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