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    Default She had written, “Negative emotions were dangerous and they caused illness.”

    Hi,
    Look at my grammar book correct sentence:

    1.Direct = She wrote, “Negative emotions are dangerous and they cause illness.”

    Now I have changed the sentence but I am not sure whether it's correct or not.
    Look at the sentence which I changed the above one:

    2.Direct = She had written, “Negative emotions were dangerous and they caused illness.”

    Is my self made (#2) correct as well or not?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: She had written, “Negative emotions were dangerous and they caused illness.”

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    Is my self made (#2) correct as well or not?
    No, because it's not what she had written. You cannot arbitrarily change words people said or wrote.

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    Default Re: She had written, “Negative emotions were dangerous and they caused illness.”

    If you want to change the tenses, make it indirect.

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    Default Re: She had written, “Negative emotions were dangerous and they caused illness.”

    Yes - we back shift the tense for reported speech, not for the written word.
    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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