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    He____________ his doctor before he took the medicine.

    a. is said to have consulted

    b. is said that he consulted

    A is correct, in my opinion, but what about B?

    thanks a lot, in advance

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    It would work if the subject were it:

    b. It is said that he consulted his doctor before he took the medicine.

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilekdemir89 View Post
    He____________ his doctor before he took the medicine.

    a. is said to have consulted

    b. is said that he consulted

    A is correct, in my opinion, but what about B?

    thanks a lot, in advance
    I think A is correct. B can be correct, too if we say like this: He said that he had consulted his doctor before he took the medicine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think A is correct. B can be correct, too if we say like this: He said that he had consulted his doctor before he took the medicine.
    But, when we have a look at B:

    He is said that he consulted.....

    but shouldn't the sentence be like that to be correct

    It is said that he (had) consulted .....

    The ''he'' at the beginning of the sentence confuses me

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    There's no 'is' in Harry's version, and it makes perfect sense. 'It is said that [reported speech]' and 'He said that [reported speech]' are both OK. They're not equivalent, but there's nothing wrong with either of them grammatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There's no 'is' in Harry's version, and it makes perfect sense.

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    Oh yes, I couldn't notice it at the time.

    Thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilekdemir89 View Post
    Oh yes, I couldn't notice it at the time.
    Correction
    I didn't notice it at the time.

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
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    I didn't notice it at the time.

    All the best.


    Thanks again, dear Mr. Casiopea

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