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Definition of the sequence of tenses noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


the sequence of tenses

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the rules according to which the tense of a subordinate clause depends on the tense of a main clause, so that, for example, “I think that you are wrong ” becomes “I thought that you were wrong ” in the past tense
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