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    Smile Gaby

    I have a question for you.

    In reported speech:
    Ann: "I will sleep when I get tired"

    becomes in indirect speech:
    Ann said she would sleep when she got tired
    or
    Ann said she would sleep when she gets tired


    What happens when you have more than one verb in a sentence? Which verb backshifts? sleep or get?

    Thanks


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    Re: Gaby

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I have a question for you.

    In reported speech:
    Ann: "I will sleep when I get tired"

    becomes in indirect speech:
    Ann said she would sleep when she got tired
    or
    Ann said she would sleep when she gets tired


    What happens when you have more than one verb in a sentence? Which verb backshifts? sleep or get?

    Thanks
    both the verbs backshift, "Ann said she would sleep when she gets tired" sounds unfamiliar in this case

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