They agreed to call a truce if we stopped this initiative

atakeris

Senior Member
Latvian
Hi,

"They agreed to call a truce if we stopped/stop this initiative."

If I'm reporting about a past situation, do I have to use stop or stopped in the second clause?
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Tense agreement, giving past 'stopped', would always be correct. Sometimes you can disregard it, but I think 'stopped' is more natural here.

    (It can be a bit hard to say it out loud and check because the phonetic differences in 'agree[d] + to' and 'stop[t] this' are only slight. So I tested it by comparing 'stop our initiative' and 'stopped our initiative'.)
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    They agreed to call a truce if we stopped this initiative
    (This option no longer exists, or at least the agreement happened in the past)
    They have agreed to call a truce if we stop this initiative (This option still exists)
     
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