Imagine when people are giving suggestions or ideas, discussing general ideas. What type of tense should be used when talking about a sequence of events.(something happens first then other things happen.)
I say "If people don't understand your English, they would ask you what you said".
Because it is a general thing(and clearly the verb "say" should happen earlier even if the whole thing is just a general concept), what tense should the word "said" be in? past tense or present tense?