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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    Hi there,
    Is the following reported time reference correct?

    Paul said, 'I am going to leave here tomorrow.'
    Paul said that he was going to leave the day after.

    tks
    pete

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following reported time reference correct?

    Paul said, 'I am going to leave here tomorrow.'
    Paul said that he was going to leave the day after.

    tks
    pete
    Yes, he is going to leave the day after the current day, that is, tomorrow. I hope I have understood what it is that you mean here.

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    Exclamation Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following reported time reference correct?

    Paul said, 'I am going to leave here tomorrow.'
    Paul said that he was going to leave the day after.

    tks
    pete
    I think ‘here’ is a misconstrued word in the direct speech. The underlined expression being a future form of ‘will’ followed by ‘leave’ a transitive verb, the word following it should be the object. In that case ‘here’ can not be an adverb when there is already an adverbial time expression ‘tomorrow. So either ‘here’ can be replaced by a noun or prepositional phrase such as ‘at 6 o’clock’ or treated as a noun to mean “this place’. So rightly the adverbial time expression can be changed to the day after or the next day. You can say:

    Paul said that he was going to/would leave this place/at 6 o’clock the day after/the next day.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following reported time reference correct?

    Paul said, 'I am going to leave here tomorrow.'
    Paul said that he was going to leave the day after.

    tks
    pete
    Not necessarily: although English has rules of tense concord (requiring here 'was' rather than 'is', at least for formal/careful usage), there are no corresponding rules of "adverbial concord". If the day in question can still, at the time of reporting, be called 'tomorrow', then the word can remain unaffected. We would reserve such relative terms as 'the day after' (or, better still 'the next/following day') for cases where the original utterance took place further back in the past.

    The same applies to any adverbials of place: it would be quite ridiculous for a speaker to refer, for almost any reason, to his/her current location as 'there'!

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