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    "would" in the past

    If I now say "I will...", you can later refer to it by saying "He said, he would...".

    What if I say now "I would...", how do you refer to it later?

    "He said he would have..."?

    Thanks!

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    Re: "would" in the past

    A: I will do it.
    B: He said that he would do it. <back-shifting>

    A: I would do it.
    B: He said that he would do it.

    A: I will have ...
    B: She said that she would have ...

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    Re: "would" in the past

    so... how to tell other people that I said "I will" or "I would"?
    Because it's not originally the same but in the past these two forms merge

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    Re: "would" in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by alikim View Post
    so... how to tell other people that I said "I will" or "I would"?
    Because it's not originally the same but in the past these two forms merge
    Generally context helps us out here.

    He said he would like to see me. - "I would like ..."
    He said he would see me the next day. - "I will see you..."

    If the context doesn't make it clear, then it's probably not very important.

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    Re: "would" in the past

    Thanks!

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    Re: "would" in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by alikim View Post
    If I now say "I will...", you can later refer to it by saying "He said, he would...".

    What if I say now "I would...", how do you refer to it later?

    "He said he would have..."?

    Thanks!

    ***** ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****


    Alikim,


    I have found some examples in Mr. Michael Swan's very

    popular Practical English Usage that you may wish to use

    as models:

    Direct: It would be nice if I could see you again.

    Indirect: He said that it would be nice if he could see me again.

    But if it is an "unreal" situation, then you have a choice:

    Direct: If I had any money (I do not), I would buy you a drink.

    Indirect: She said that if she had had any money, she would have

    bought me a drink (but she did not have any money). BUT Mr. Swan

    says it's also OK to simply say: She said that if she had any money,

    she would buy me a drink.

    Since you are a student who is eager to learn "perfect" English,

    I most respectfully suggest that you use the first answer in "unreal"

    situations.

    ***** ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****

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