Cost

egyptian2017 posted:

My brother asked how much I thought the trip .......... .

( cost - would cost )

Hi, Egyptian2017,

Both answers are correct, but they have different meanings. With "cost," the sentence means: "My brother asked, 'How much do you think the trip cost?'" Here, "cost" is the past tense of the verb "cost" (yes, the form doesn't change).

With "would cost," the sentence means: "My brother asked, 'How much do you think the trip will cost?'" Here, "would cost" is the backshifted version of "will cost." Everything hinges on whether the trip preceded your brother's question.

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