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    Reported Speech Question

    Are these correct:

    "There wasn't a lot of traffic when we were driving to the mall."
    -He said there wasn't a lot of traffic when they were driving to the mall.

    "It was snowing heavily this morning."
    -She said it was snowing heavily this morning.

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    Re: Reported Speech Question

    I am not a teacher nor a native speaker

    As far as I concerned these sentences are correct.
    But I'm not quite sure about it.

    Murphy's book says:

    The past simpe can usually stay the same in reported speech, or you can change it to the past perfect.

    Is there any chance of using the past perfect continuous in these examples?

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    Re: Reported Speech Question

    I was thinking that it should be
    "had been snowing" for the second example, but "were driving" in the first example seems correct...so I'm confused. All my students wrote the answers given in my first post, so I have to question myself......
    Also, in our text book, there are no examples given of what to do in this case!

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    Re: Reported Speech Question

    Both sound fine to me.

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    Re: Reported Speech Question

    He said there wasn't a lot of traffic when they were driving to the mall. sounds better to me than He said there wasn't/hadn't been a lot of traffic when they had been driving to the mall.

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