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    Default He said it is/was going to rain.

    1. He said it is going to rain.

    2. He said it was going to rain.


    Why is 1 correct? I think 2 is grammatical because he "said" not "says".



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    Default Re: He said it is/was going to rain.

    I would backshift to "was" in that case, but if he just said it a moment ago and I simply couldn't hear him, then "is" is okay.

    Him: It's going to rain
    Me: Sorry, I couldn't hear that.
    Him: It's going to rain.
    Me, to you: Could you hear him?
    You: Yes. He said it's going to rain.
    Me: Thank you. You don't have to shout.

    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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    Default Re: He said it is/was going to rain.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. He said, "It is going to rain". (If reported in print); If reported in speech, as in your post #1, ("said", a minute ago, yesterday, last week etc.; "is going to", a prediction)

    2. He said it was going to rain. A. "Look, it's sunny" B. "Yeah, I know, the weatherman said it was going to rain today."


    Why is 1 correct? I think 2 is grammatical because he "said" not "says".



    Thank you.
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