Last edited by PROESL; 23-Sep-2009 at 06:38.
The two statements that I believe were contradictory were;
1. "I know how reported speech works" [might not be the actual wording but that's the full gist of it]
2. "[would] only works out to be the past of [__] in certain instances, and these instances are often reported speech".
If you know how reported speech works how can you have said what you said in 2.?
It's pretty simple. Here it is: In the two sentences that you are talking about, I showed how using the past perfect as opposed to the simple past could affect meaning given information that a speaker and a listener both know about. The assertion that the past perfect would, therefore, be a better choice is something you seem to not agree with. Furthermore, for some reason, you would like me to agree with you. I don't agree. So just as others have agreed to disagree, it would be best if we agreed to disagree.