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    Default He said that the sky [is/was] blue

    He [believed/discovered/said...etc] that the sky [is/was] blue.

    Is "is" or "was" correct here?
    The sky is blue is a universal fact.

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    Default Re: He said that the sky [is/was] blue

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I would say:
    He said that the sky was blue.
    He says that the sky is blue.


    When the sky is not blue anymore, you can say:
    He said that the sky used to be blue.
    He says that the sky used to be blue.

    Even if the sky is still blue, you should avoid mixing tenses like:
    He said that the sky is blue.

    However, in "real life" many speakers tend to break the rule in order not to confuse "normal" speakers.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: He said that the sky [is/was] blue

    The sky is blue is a universal fact.
    No, it's not.

    This afternoon it was grey and now it's black with stars.

    Rover

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    Default Re: He said that the sky [is/was] blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No, it's not.

    This afternoon it was grey and now it's black with stars.

    Rover
    In the summer it's orange here... mmmm smog

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    Default Re: He said that the sky [is/was] blue

    This is not entirely related but this thread reminded me of this:

    Distinguishing blue from green in language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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