Helen of Troy wrote:I wondered why you put the subj. impf. in the last sentence. It is the real type of consecutives, thus the subj. does not follow the consecutio temporum, ie the usage should be "absolutum". Since the predicate is perfective ("He escaped") I would suggest tempus perfectum rather than tempus imperfectum in consecutive sentence.
P.S. I've totaly overlooked the past perfect in the third sentence, and so I faild to use the plusquamperfectum.
Uh no for your own health review sequence of tenses love
Not quite fair. Helen's point is that the sequence of tenses rules do not strictly apply in consecutive clauses, one is free to select tenses that seem best to fit the meaning. She is (except, I think, for Caesar) right.
On the other hand one suspects that N&H might generally prefer to follow strict sequence so as not to confuse their 13 year-old learners.
Quis tredecim est annos natus? Quid dicere vis?