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    recall doing someting

    "She recalled reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed in a tarin."

    Could I say "She recalled that she was reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed in a train."? Shouldn't I have put ''she had been" instead of"was raeding"?
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    Re: recall doing someting

    Let's first confirm the spelling of stabbed.

    There's very little practical difference between your three versions.

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    Re: recall doing someting

    To me there is a small difference and your first sentence is probably better (with Rover’s kind correction.) I also changed “in a train” to “on a train”.

    "She recalled reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed on a train."

    This sentence is probably what you want. It tells us that she remembered reading an article.

    "She recalled that she was reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed on a train."

    This sentence focuses on the action of her reading the article at a particular time in the past. It might be a response if she was asked, “What were you doing last night.”

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    Re: recall doing someting

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    To me there is a small difference and your first sentence is probably better (with Rover’s kind correction.) I also changed “in a train” to “on a train”.

    "She recalled reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed on a train."

    This sentence is probably what you want. It tells us that she remembered reading an article.

    "She recalled that she was reading an article about a woman who had been stabbed on a train."

    This sentence focuses on the action of her reading the article at a particular time in the past. It might be a response if she was asked, “What were you doing last night.”
    "She recalled that she was reading an article......" Should I put "had been" according to the backshifting rule?

    If a meant inside of a railroad car, could I say " in a train"?

    " She asked how long he has been working for this firm?" If he is still working there, I would not use the backshifting rule. Correct?

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