Definition of the sequence of tenses noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the sequence of tenses

BrE BrE//ˌsiːkwəns əv ˈtensɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsiːkwəns əv ˈtensɪz//
[singular] (grammar)
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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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the sequence of tenses