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Hello,

I am a non-native English speaker and I am writing about a conversation I had with someone in the past. Therefore, I use the past tense most of the time, but I am wondering about this sentence : "I agreed with everything he said, so I decided to follow his advice."

Does the use of the simple past for "agreed" imply that I don't agree anymore with the things the person said ? I still do, but saying "I agree with everything he said" sounds weird to me as all the rest of my text is in the past tense.

What do you think about it ? Thank you in advance for your reply.

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anonymousDoes the use of the simple past for "agreed" imply that I don't agree anymore with the things the person said?

No. The simple past does not imply anything about the present.

Your sentence (below) says why you decided (at that time) and what you decided (at that time). That's the whole story. There's nothing there about the present.

I agreed with everything he said, so I decided to follow his advice.


If you want to say something about the present, you have to add more words.

I agreed with everything he said at the time, and I still do.
I agreed with everything he said at the time, but now I don't.

Absent any extra words of that kind, there is no reason to believe you still agree or you don't, but in your report of a past conversation, your state of mind today is irrelevant.

CJ

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anonymous

Hello,

I am a non-native English speaker and I am writing about a conversation I had with someone in the past. Therefore, I use the past tense most of the time, but I am wondering about this sentence : "I agreed with everything he said, so I decided to follow his advice."

Does the use of the simple past for "agreed" imply that I don't agree anymore with the things the person said ? I still do, but saying "I agree with everything he said" sounds weird to me as all the rest of my text is in the past tense.

What do you think about it ? Thank you in advance for your reply.

I'm also a non-native. I've got to admit that I'm confused with your question. You've stated that you agreed with everything that was said, but next you question the very fact of that 'agreeing' by the implication that you somehow didn't agree with that.

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Well I still do agree with what was said, and that is why I am wondering if saying "I agreed" is correct in that case.

The event took place in the past but the agreement is still there, so I would like to know which tense I should use between past simple and present simple.

1. I agree with everything he said. (I am still in agreement.)

2. I agreed with everything he said. (At that time, I was in agreement. I may have changed my position. My current position is indeterminant. )

Thank you very much for your answer !

So, if the context makes it clear that I still agree, I can use the past simple without fearing that one can understand that I changed my mind, right ?

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anonymousSo, if the context makes it clear that I still agree, I can use the past simple without fearing that one can understand that I changed my mind, right ?

Yes.

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