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Right, that's probably trivial, but I need to know for sure :)
Which one is (more) correct?
He asked me, where I live. (Because I still live there).
He asked me, where I lived. (Because his question is referred to as the past, even though the answer hasn't changed since then).
Or both, and it's just a matter of choice/context?
Last edited by Vibovit; 08-Sep-2006 at 00:35.
The backshifting [so called because we move one tense shift back] that occurs for reported speech merely acts as a signal for listeners that the speech is reported/indirect speech. We can choose to report in either the same tense or we can backshift.
For speech, because the context is so rich, we don't tend to follow the normal backshifts that, say, newspapers do. Speech is more alive, more vibrant so, as you mentioned, the nowness of some reported speech can cause us to not use a backshift.
All right - thanks a lot for your explanations!