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Putting present-simple statements in the past is my pain. In particular, I always stumble upon which tense to chose for dependent clauses:

Right now the teacher is asking students one by one some similar questions and they are answering them one by one while Johnny is following them precisely - in order to to know how to answer properly when it's his turn.

If I try to put it in the past I get the following:

At that moment the teacher was asking students one by one some similar questions and they were answering them one by one while Johnny was following them precisely - in order to know how to answer properly when it was his turn.

Do I need to say here when it was his turn, or when it would be his turn, or when it would have been his turn? Or should I say something completely different?

  • Where is the relative clause that you talk of? – BillJ Sep 15 '18 at 8:03
  • @BillJ - "when it was his turn" – brilliant Sep 15 '18 at 8:03
  • That's not a relative clause, it's an adjunct of time. – BillJ Sep 15 '18 at 8:04
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    "When" is not a relative word here - it has no antecedent. But to answer your question "was" is fine. – BillJ Sep 15 '18 at 8:05
  • @BillJ - Ah! I see. I'll change the title. – brilliant Sep 15 '18 at 8:09

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