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Can I say

I think he was sick last night

or do I have to say

I thought he was sick last night.

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Both are grammatically correct. It depends on when you are "thinking" it.

If you use think (present tense), it means that you are thinking now / in the present that he was sick last night.

If you use thought (past tense), it means that you were thinking in the past that he was sick last night.

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