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    Default reported speech - past tense or present tense

    I am not sure if I should use present tense or past tense as the event has yet to happen. Which is correct (a) or (b)


    (a) We write further to our telephone conversation yesterday wherein you advised that you would be out of town from March 1, 2011 and that you were unsure when you would be back; therefore you were not available to attend the meeting on April 15, 2011

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    (b) We write further to our telephone conversation yesterday wherein you advised that you will be out of town from March 1, 2011 and you are not sure when you will be back therefore you are not available to attend the meeting on April 15, 2011

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    Default Re: reported speech - past tense or present tense

    Thank you

    If she is going out of town beginning March 15 and this date is in two weeks time, is it OK to write "......you advised that you would be out of town beginning March 15, 2011 and you were unsure when you would be back...."

    I am still trying to learn how to use reported speech.

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    Default Re: reported speech - past tense or present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Thank you

    If she is going out of town beginning March 15 and this date is in two weeks time, is it OK to write "......you advised that you would be out of town beginning March 15, 2011 and you were unsure when you would be back...."

    I am still trying to learn how to use reported speech.
    That sounds perfect to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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