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    Default reported/ quoted speech

    backshifting of tenses when it comes to reported speesh confuses me. could someone give me a guide?thanks!

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    Default Re: reported/ quoted speech

    You only need to backshift if the reporting verb is in the past, or past perfect, though the past is the most common tense. However, if the thing reported is a fact or still true we often don't chnage:

    He said his name's Tom. (I think his name is Tom and won't change)
    He said his name was Tom. (I am not sure whether he was telling the truth)

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    Default Re: reported/ quoted speech

    thanks!^^

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