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    Reported speech

    Hello teachers & friends
    i have a doubt from direct & indirect
    Question
    "My neighbour has a new car,"Bill said

    My answer is
    Bill said that his neighbour had a new car
    & i have a other answer

    Bill said that his neighbour has a new car

    which one is correct?
    can u explain?

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    Re: Reported speech

    Both are correct.

    [1] Bill said that his neighbour had a new car.
    [2] Bill said that his neighbour has a new car.

    Present tense is often used in reported speech when what was said is reported soon after it was said. Like this,

    Bill: My neighbour has a new car.
    Sam: What was that? I couldn't hear you. A bus went by.
    Pat: Bill said that his neighbour has a new car.

    Does that help?

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