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    reported speech

    Peter said to me, "You can go home now, but this time I will stay here".
    What is right sentence for reported speech?
    Peter said that I could go home...
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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
    Peter said to me, "You can go home now, but this time I will stay here".
    What is right sentence for reported speech?
    Peter said that I could go home...
    Thank you.
    ... but that this time he would stay there.

    (Please tell me this wasn't a homework question and that I didn't just violate the rules of this forum.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ... but that this time he would stay there.

    (Please tell me this wasn't a homework question and that I didn't just violate the rules of this forum.)
    1. Thank you for your answer.
    2. Last time I did my homework about 50 years ago. So we do not violate anything.
    3. Could I clarify something?
    Direct speech:
    Peter said to me, "You can go home now, but this time I will stay here".
    Reported speech:
    Peter said that I could go home but that this time he would stay there.

    Could we substitute "now" in direct speech with something in reported speech?

    Should we change "this time" to "that time"? If we should, what we have to do with "that that"?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: reported speech

    Yes and yes, but...

    Changing "this time" to "that time" is something I should have done the first time. Good catch.

    The double "that that" isn't really a problem for me - they are two different kinds of "that."

    The substitution of "now" is harder - actually "at that time" would be the most logical thing to say, but then you have an incredibly awkward double use of "that time" with the first time meaning "moment in time" and the second time meaning "instance" or "occurrence." So you may have to substitute something with the same meaning, which is allowed in reported speech if it keeps the same meaning.

    He said that I could go home at that time, and that, in this instance, he would remain.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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