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    Past reported speech

    Hi,

    Could a native speaker answer this question?

    We have this direct-speech statement:
    Laura: "I will help you if you help me tomorrow."


    Which of the following reported-speech statements derived from the above is/are natural?

    The below reported-speech statements are all said one week later.

    If more than one of them is natural, please say so!


    1) Laura said she would help him if he helped her the following/next day.

    2) Laura said she would help him if he helps her the following/next day.

    3) Laura said she would help him if he will help her the following/next day.

    4) Laura said she would help him if he would help her the following/next day.

    5) Other


    Thank you!

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    Re: Past reported speech

    If they are all said one week later, then I would use only #1.

    (If it were later the same day, then you could possibly use "helps" with "tomorrow.")
    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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    Re: Past reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If they are all said one week later, then I would use only #1.

    (If it were later the same day, then you could possibly use "helps" with "tomorrow.")
    Thank you very much.

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    #4

    Re: Past reported speech

    #4 is acceptable English, but it does not report your original statement.

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