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I was talking to my friend (let's name them X).

X: There was some other person too.
Me: who is the "other person"?
X: Well, if I remember I would have already told who that person is😅

Now, my question is, what is correct:

  • "Well, if I remember, I would have already told who that person is." or
  • "Well, if I remember, I would have already told who that person was."?
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    "told" in this context requires an indirect object, ie "I would already have told you/them/whoever who that person is."
    – Esther
    Jun 29, 2022 at 19:36
  • @Esther yeah... looks like X forgot to mention it. In this case, the indirect object is "you". Jun 29, 2022 at 19:39
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    And "if I remember" suggests present or future action while "would have already" suggests past action, so there is an inconsistency there. Jun 29, 2022 at 20:39
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    Also, it should be if I remembered I would have told you. X could say If I remember (if I think of it in the future) I will tell you. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:10
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    If I knew, I would have already told you who it was. Jul 1, 2022 at 7:34

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In your example, it should be 'was', least of all because person X said in the first line "there was some other person", and you should keep consistency in tense.

It's evident that the dialogue is about some event in the past.

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