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Hi everyone,

I've recently come across a sentence that I can't quite decide how to word it. Any response would be greatly appreciated.
If a person wants to express his belief as a child to become something but did not in the end, should the person say:
(1) "I thought I would become a singer, but..."(in the end he did not become a singer)
(2) "I thought I would have become a singer, but..."
(3) "I had thought I would become a singer, but..."
(4) "I had thought I would have become a singer, but..."

do these sentences seem acceptable?

My big question is whether the grammar rules for "wish" discussed recently also apply for the use of "thought" here as a wish/hope/expectation for something in the past.

Thank you all!

Graham
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"I thought I would have become a singer, but..."


I think the problem with this one is "have".

I think that "I thought I would become a singer, but..." is a way of expressing 'future in the past'. You are talking about the past, but also about your future ideas at that time.
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(1) and (3) are both correct, but the other two are a bit dodgy.
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