Concord of tenses is if the main verb is in a past tense, the verbs in the subordinate clause expressing simultaneous activity must be in a past tense as well.

Examples

It was raining when I come to the train station last night.

They lived in a house which had red walls.

She drank coffee which had strong taste.

He walked all day , so he tired himself.

The Verb may remain in the simple present tense if in the subordinate clause expresses a natural law or an eternal truth, or a habitual fact or activity.

Examples

She wanted to know why I run every day.

I was told that you are a basketball player.

We were glad to hear that you are all right now.

If the main verb is in a past tense, the following verbs, expressing an activity precedent that of the main verb, must be in the past perfect tense.

Examples

I thought I had seen him.

They went home after they had finished their work.

It was the first time that i had been there.

 

 

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