sequence of tenses


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sequence of tenses

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(Grammar) grammar the sequence according to which the tense of a subordinate verb in a sentence is determined by the tense of the principal verb, as in I believe he is lying, I believed he was lying, etc
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Similarly, even in the midst of Du Vair's later narration to his sister of her own death, those events are initially, consolingly located within the same "part of time" as the present of Du Vair's speaking/writing by the sequence of tenses, from a historical Present that for Quintilian would count as a figure and would be called "marked" in modern linguistics ("Voicy de grandes douleurs coliques qui vous surprennent [PR], des passions desesperees qui vous assaillent [PR]") (69) to the Passe Compose ("jusques a tant que les effects de vostre mal [.
The dazzling sequence of tenses penned by Du Vair at a time of private grief suggests that tenses did not always contribute to producing neat cutoff points between what was present (in various senses) and what was past or absent (in various senses), but that they did enable writers to explore the difficulty, and sometimes the pain, of trying to establish or recognize such cutoff points.
Another source of confusion is apparently the corpus itself, where authors seem to follow the same reasoning regarding a would-be sequence of tenses, whilst ignoring basic questions of aspectual differences.
There follows a section on the sequence of tenses in French, applied to main and subordinate clauses in the indicative.
Many say they've never heard of either the subjunctive mood or the sequence of tenses.
Or we ignore the sequence of tenses that should govern the relationship of subordinate and main clauses.