19.6.1 Verbs expressing hope and insecurities

Verbs that express hopes and / or insecurities are used with the conjunctive if the introductory phrase is in past tense. If the introductory phrase is in present tense, the mode is not changed in the subordinated phrase.

  Let's have a look at some examples .

I hope that he will come. Ich hoffe, dass er kommt.
I hoped that he would come. Ich hoffte, dass er käme.
I'm afraid that he calls. Ich fürchte, dass er anruft.
I was afraid that he might call. Ich fürchtete, dass er anriefe.

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