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Thread: Indirect Speech

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    The time of the rewporting is very important with the name example- it makes much more sense if the person is still present and you're sure to keep it in the present. If reporting a few days later, for instance, the past might make sense. It depends on how you feel about the speech act you are reporting, IMO. The best thing is to be flexible and change tenses for a reason, rather than do it on autopilot.

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    Which is better?

    • He said the world is round and it revolves around the sun.


    Or:

    • He said the world was round and it revolved around the sun.


    The statement was made in the past, but does that mean the rest of the verbs (in addition to said) have to be in the past tense?

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    • She said her name was Jill before she changed it.


    Hm.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Which is better?

    • He said the world is round and it revolves around the sun.


    Or:

    • He said the world was round and it revolved around the sun.


    The statement was made in the past, but does that mean the rest of the verbs (in addition to said) have to be in the past tense?

    :)
    The present.

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    He said the world is round and it revolves around the sun.
    Weird sounding, therefore, IMHO, incorrect.

    He said the world was round and it revolved around the sun.
    Correct.

    It's not that hard to see.

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    Is the world not round anymore?

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    The belief that all the words in a sentence should be the same tense is a mistaken one.

    8)

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    The sense of the sentence should always be the most important consideration.

    That is my opinion.

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    I agree- reporting should be meaning-driven as that is its purpose and to change for no reason seems rash. How about this:

    He said Queen Victoria reaigned in the nineteenth century.

    Without any more context, I can see no reason to move the past tense back to the past perfect.

    He said that Queen Victoria had been on the throne for thirty years when...

    Now, I can see a reason to change as the verb has to fit in and work with others aroung it. I would say that the past perfect in the first example would be plain wrong.

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    In th sentences;

    he said that the world is round.

    Th verb in this sentence doesn't change tense couse of that rule in the English grammer that, when we are talking about a general truth or a universal truth we do not change tense, so in this case the tense will remain the same.

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