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    Conditional clause in reported speech

    I always have a problem when I am trying to use conditional clause in reported speech. Could anybody help me please? I cannot find this in Grammar books.

    1. If Clause Type 1.
    Mike: If I find her address, I will send her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he found(?) her address, he would(?) send her an invitation.

    2. If Clause Type 2.
    Mike: If I found her address, I would send her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he had found(?) her address, he would send(?) her an invitation.

    3. If Clause Type 3.
    Mike: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he had found(?) her address, he would have sent(?) her an invitation.

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    Re: Conditional clause in reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrodsky View Post
    I always have a problem when I am trying to use conditional clause in reported speech. Could anybody help me please? I cannot find this in Grammar books.

    1. If Clause Type 1.
    Mike: If I find her address, I will send her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he found finds her address, he would will send her an invitation.
    Incorrect. You don't need to change the tense. Find > finds, and "will" remains the same.

    2. If Clause Type 2.
    Mike: If I found her address, I would send her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he had found her address, he would send her an invitation.
    Incorrect. You don't need "had".

    3. If Clause Type 3.
    Mike: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation.
    Reported Speech: Mike said that if he had found her address, he would have sent her an invitation.
    Correct.

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    See above.

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