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    sb70012 is offline Banned
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    Default Indirect = Nick said not to ask how the meeting had went.

    Direct = Nick said, “Please don’t ask how the meeting went.”

    Indirect = Nick said not to ask how the meeting had went.

    Hi,

    In indirect speech, can I also say (went) instead of (had went)?

    Thank you.

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    Rover_KE is online now Moderator
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    Default Re: Indirect = Nick said not to ask how the meeting had went.

    No. The backshift is not optional.

    'Nick said not to ask how the meeting had gone.'

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