Are or Were


If you had told me that you are / were coming, I would have come there.

Should it be a past form or a present form?

asked May 17 '13 at 10:06 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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Z.A., it has to be were.  The event was clearly in the past with the third conditional grammar of I would have come there.

link answered May 17 '13 at 10:36 Shawn Mooney Expert

Thanks a lot.

Z. A. JazleyMay 17 '13 at 13:44

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I agree with Shawn.  It has to be were.


However, I would also change the last two words of the sentence.  Come indicates movement toward the speaker.  There is a place away from the speaker.  The speaker does not come there.  The speaker can come here, go there, or be there


I would have come here.
I would have gone there.
I would have been there.

link answered May 17 '13 at 14:11 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you very much.

Z. A. JazleyMay 18 '13 at 17:20

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