Incorrect tense form in dependent clause


grammarly brought the following result about this sentece and would like to hear if someone else has some feeback about it. Thank you!

See example:

Jennifer claimed that her mother is concerned that Jennifer may be having a weight problem.
asked May 13 '14 at 13:00 Zandra New member

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It is a fairly awkward sentence.  Three verbs with three different tenses might confuse any software program, but technically it is okay.  I can see why you used Jennifer's name twice - to avoid confusing "she" with Jennifer or her mother, but that makes the sentence feel wordy and awkward.  I would try to rewrite the sentence.  Sometimes you have to split up an awkward sentence or bring in information from other sentences to break it up.  Something like:


Jennifer does not believe she has a weight problem.  She claims that her mother thinks otherwise.

link comment answered May 13 '14 at 14:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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