03:52 Dec 14, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Backshift
This is a linguistic (grammatical term)for which I need the exact translation in French. It means that the verb goes back one tense in a conditional clause or a reported proposition as in :"I can't come". "He said he couln't come".
Frederique Dupuy

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Leave it in English! I have looked up the Bon Usage, many other French grammars., I think it doesn't exist.
But I found an interesting hompepage

Auteur: Beatrice.Vautherin@univ-paris3fr.
She worte: Le verbe introducteur est au prétérit, mais le backshift ne s'applique ici...

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