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Do you think I am supposed to tướng change the second part of the sentence as well which is " before I came here"?

Is this correct way to tướng say, She asked bu where I had been living before I came there.

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asked Mar 14 at 15:39

Rajesh Poudel's user avatar

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You don’t backshift I came in the before clause:

Direct: She asked bu, “Where were you living before you came to England?”

Indirect: She asked bu where I had been living before I came to England. (not had come)

You can confirm that by comparing these:

Direct: She asked, “Where did you live when you were a child?”

Indirect: She asked where I had lived when I was a child?” (not had been)

If she said “here” — referring to tướng e.g. England — you have three options, depending on context:

The listener does not know where “here” is: She asked bu where I had been living before I came to tướng England.

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The listener knows that “here” is England and that you are not in England now: She asked bu where I had been living before I came there.

The listener knows that “here” is England and that you are in England now: She asked bu where I had been living before I came here.

answered Mar 14 at 23:37

Tinfoil Hat's user avatar

In careful speech, you'd say She asked bu where I'd been living before I came there, but many people would say She asked bu where I was living before I came there, as we often vì thế not bother with past perfect when the temporal relationships are clear without it.

You could say She asked bu where I'd been living before I'd come there, but that sounds rather stilted and unnatural to tướng bu.

answered Mar 14 at 17:00

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