Look at this.Does this sentence sound good to you?
It wouldn't sound well with "spoke" to me.
Yes, it could mean that but it doesn't necessarily mean that. I always thought I spoke... is the standard past-tense version of I always think I speak....... If you use the past tense 'I always thought I spoke..........' it could mean that you used to but don't any more.
With the frequency adverb "always", doesn't it mean something different to "used to think"?Hello,
If you use the past tense 'I always thought I spoke..........' it could mean that you used to but don't any more.
Exactly. More exactly I don't believe it, I'm questioning it. Sorry I had to leave so I couldn't react to your replies and give context but now I'm back. I always thought I speak more American than British but I just took a test that said my English version was New Zealand-er or Australian or Singaporean. All of them are closer to British than to American (it was a written test). I doubt the test was right.Indeed. My speaking hasn't changed, rather my thinking has changed*. So "thought", but "speak".
(I think the OP's statement may now apply to me)
Cross posted and adding* : I took it to mean that the OP had been told otherwise, and believed it.
That's where we differ, brightflame....
In my opinion, the "is" form is much more natural when used to refer to "Venus being a planet", while the "was" suggests it was a planet then, but might not be, or isn't now.
That's where we differ, brightflame.
I would say that He said Venus was a planet is absolutely neutral as to whether Venus still is a planet.
Thanks. That sounds better.I don't really like the original sentence. I would at least change it to say "I always thought I spoke more American English than British" but I would far prefer something like "I always thought the English I spoke was more AmE than BrE" or something like that. The original sounds like it refers to some 'quantity' of English in a peculiar way.
In speaking and informal writing dropping "have" still meaning present perfect is acceptable isn't it? Wouldn't it work in this case? Of course I was using "informal" (without have) present perfect here.If you say, "I have always thought..." you are now using present tense and so you would have the tense match with, "I speak more American than British English."
If you say, "I always thought..." you should match it with "spoke."
Thank you.I would write '... that Ferraris had only two seats' because that sentence reports thought. This is the normal procedure of backshift for reporting thought and speech.
Your other sentence is not about speech or thought, so there's a little more flexibility (for me).