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    Reported Speech

    When the introductory verb is in present tense or future we do not change the tense of the reported sentence. Here I want to ask if we need to change time expression in the sentence?

    For example: "I will see my grandparents tomorrow."

    She will tell you that she will see her grandparents tomorrow.


    We won't change "tomorrow" right?

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by meridiem View Post
    When the introductory verb is in present tense or future we do not change the tense of the reported sentence. Here I want to ask if we need to change time expression in the sentence?

    For example: "I will see my grandparents tomorrow."

    She will tell you that she will see her grandparents tomorrow.


    We won't change "tomorrow" right?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Meridiem.

    MAYBE (Maybe!!!) something like:

    Tom: Why are you so happy?

    Sue: I am going to see my grandparents tomorrow.

    ***** 3 hours later:

    George: I saw you and Sue speaking. What did Sue tell you?

    Tom: Oh, she told me that she was going to see her grandparents tomorrow.



    *****A week later:

    Martha: I saw you and Sue speaking together about a week ago. What

    did she say at that time?

    Tom: Oh, she told me that she was going to see her grandparents the

    next day.

    *****

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Okay, but I wonder if we can change the time expression if the introductory verb is in present tense?

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by meridiem View Post
    Okay, but I wonder if we can change the time expression if the introductory verb is in present tense?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello again.

    (1) I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question.

    (2) Do you mean something like this?

    Sue: What did Joe tell you 15 minutes ago? I saw you two talking.

    Billy: Oh, he SAYS that he is going to visit his grandparents tomorrow.

    If it is Monday, and someone uses the word "tomorrow," then I think

    you would use the word "tomorrow" -- just as you said. Of course,

    if the word "tomorrow" was said on Monday, but you are talking someone

    on Tuesday, then you would say:

    Oh, he SAID that he was going to visit his grandparents today./ Oh, he

    SAYS that he is going to visit his grandparents today.

    If this does not answer your question, perhaps someone else

    will give you a better answer, or you can repost with a similar question.

    Thank you.

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