Hello! In the sentence of dialogue I think my meaning was confused. the present tense "know" at the beginning of the sentance, and the past tense "died and didn't" in the latter part of the sentance conflict with one another.
My point is this: Are they incorrect? The usage in this sentance, I believe, was correct, but I may be wrong. The present is what was currently happeneing, and then the speaker was referring to the past, both in the same sentance...
Thanks in advance for help to anyone who might do so!
"I know what you mean… When Eliie died… I didn't know what to do with myself.
The line of dialogue you quoted is perfectly correct, tense-wise. (I think you misspelled 'Ellie', though.) It is not a conditional sentence, however. There is no conflict between the tenses: know refers to the present, and died and didn't know refer to past events. No problem! :)
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