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    Without help from China, which is the major supporter of the North Korean government, Mr. Obama told Mr. Hu that the United States would have to take long-term measures, like redeploying its forces, changing its defense posture or beefing up military exercises in Northeast Asia, according to the administration official. New York Times (subscription, free)
    Dear all,

    Could you please tell me whether "would" is a "shift back" of "will" in a reported speech? Thanks.


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    Re: would

    Yes, it is.

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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Dear all,

    Could you please tell me whether "would" is a "shift back" of "will" in a reported speech? Thanks.


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    Not really. "Would" here is a second conditional subjuncitve because of the "hidden" conditional "Without help from...", which is a presumption.
    (Not a teacher.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Not really. "Would" here is a second conditional subjuncitve because of the "hidden" conditional "Without help from...", which is a presumption.
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    Sorry, that is wrong in this example. It is a clear case of back-shifting.

    Direct speech:
    "Without help from China, which is the major supporter of the North Korean government," Mr. Obama told Mr. Hu, "the United States will have to take long-term measures,[...]".

    Reported Speech:
    Without help from China, which is the major supporter of the North Korean government, Mr. Obama told Mr. Hu that the United States would have to take long-term measures,[...].
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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Dear all,

    Could you please tell me whether "would" is a "shift back" of "will" in a reported speech? Thanks.


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    Hi

    The answer is affirmative.

    Ex:

    "Will you help me?", he asked - direct speech

    He asked me if I would help him - indirect speech.



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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Sorry, that is wrong in this example. It is a clear case of back-shifting.

    Direct speech:
    "Without help from China, which is the major supporter of the North Korean government," Mr. Obama told Mr. Hu, "the United States will have to take long-term measures,[...]".

    Reported Speech:
    Without help from China, which is the major supporter of the North Korean government, Mr. Obama told Mr. Hu that the United States would have to take long-term measures,[...].
    Thanks, I've got it. :)

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