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    Hello, Teacher, please check for errors. Thank you.

    I called Dr. John's office to enquire if they had made an appointment for Mary to see a specialist. His assistant said they did not make such an appointment.

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Hello, Teacher, please check for errors. Thank you.

    I called Dr. John's office to enquire if they had made an appointment for Mary to see a specialist. His assistant said they did not make such an appointment.
    Suppose that the direct sentence was "we haven't made such an appointment", the indirect one is "they hadn't made such an appointment". However, if the time hasn't passed, I mean if he 's reporting exactly the same day that he called the office even "they haven't made an appointment is also right".
    If the direct sentence was "we didn't make an appointment", the indirect one is "they hadn't made such an appointment" or "they didn't make such an appointment".

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    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    I called Dr. John's office to enquire if they had made an appointment for Mary to see a specialist. His assistant said they did not make such an appointment.
    You need the same tense in both sentences. 'Had/hadn't made' is always correct; if the speaker is reporting the conversation on the same day as the call, 'has/hasn't made' is possible.

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