Incorrect tense form in dependent clause

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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 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 at 14:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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