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D00M
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:38:02 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

My teachers said that my sentence is wrong because it doesn't have the correct tense sequence:

He said that he is sorry to have you lost.

I asked him, 'what if he is still sorry about it?'

But he didn't have me a satisfactory answer. May I ask you to explain it clearly to me?
You know who I am
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:42:21 PM

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Hello, D00M.

The reason that I believe your teacher disapproved your sentence is because it sounds quite weird to use two different tenses when reporting a speech. However, I understand your point; you meant that he is still sorry, nonetheless, it still sounds weird, even though it is not technically wrong.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:33:16 PM

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Hello D00M.

I think that it is wrong.

If he is still sorry about it, you can only know that if he is NOW telling you he's sorry.

He says he's sorry to have lost you.

If you want to use the past tense of 'said', then you have to use the past tense of 'was sorry'.

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