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    Default present simple wit the meaning of future in reported speech

    Hi there,
    if the reporting verb is in the past , does present simple always become past simple in reported speech?
    e.g will "the London train leaves in 5 minutes" become the stationmaster explained that the London train left in 5 minutes?

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    Default Re: present simple wit the meaning of future in reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by vivtof View Post
    Hi there,
    if the reporting verb is in the past , does present simple always become past simple in reported speech?
    e.g will "the London train leaves in 5 minutes" become the stationmaster explained that the London train left in 5 minutes?

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    Vivtof
    I would say '...would leave/would be leaving in 5 minutes".

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    Default Re: present simple wit the meaning of future in reported speech

    The stationmaster explained that the London train left in 5 minutes?

    I'd be quite happy with your suggestion. Bhaisahab's alternatives are, of course, also fine.

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