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there was not much room #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 23, 2011 13:21 pm   there was not much room
 

- "It's quite a nice car but there was not very much room in the back."

"If you want my honest opinion, I thought the play was rubbish."
- In both sentences there is a shift from Present to Past Indef.
If the first I could take as the phrase uttered, say after a drive in that car, the word 'thought' in the second sounds rather unusual to me. Why not 'think'?
Is there any specific rule regulating such cases?
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there was not much room #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 23, 2011 17:00 pm   there was not much room
 

There is no rule which prescribes that you must use 'thought' in that example. You can use 'think' in the second sentence if you wish.

thought - when I was watching it, or just after I watched it.
think - although I watched it previously, I still think it is rubbish.

You can also use the present tense in the first sentence:

there was not much room - these were my thoughts when I was in the car or had just got out.
there is not much room - this is still my opinion.
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there was not much room #3 (permalink) Wed Mar 23, 2011 19:17 pm   there was not much room
 

Thank you.
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