Alright, so in my book, the sentence written is this,
She thought that the teachers were influencing those who were going to grow and matter in the world
I admit that because the first clause was in past and therefore, the sentence after "that" will also be in past.. But, I have a confusion here. Consider the following sentence,
He told me that he was going to bathroom
He was going to bathroom at that time and therefore, we used "was" in the sentence.. But in the former sentence, it is an opinion of one woman. As of what I know, opinion can't be considered as past and is basically general thing just like the universal facts. Consider the following sentence,
Our teacher told us that earth revolves around the sun
Consider two more sentences,
She thought/was of the opinion that it is good to help the needy.
She thought/was of the opinion that it was good to help the needy.
Now, which one of the above is correct? The former one or the latter one? In my opinion, the former one is correct. Considering all this, shouldn't the first sentence be,
She thought that the teachers influence those who are going to grow and matter in the world
Please share your opinion.