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    Proper use of the subjunctive

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    What is the proper way of expressing the two sentences listed below:

    1. John said that he read( reads) the newspaper every day.
    2. My dad said that he worked( had worked) for the government for 30 years.
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    Re: Proper use of the subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post

    1. John said that he read ( reads) the newspaper every day.
    2. My dad said that he worked( had worked) for the government for 30 years.
    No subjunctives involved here.

    John: "I read (present simple) the newspaper every day."
    John said that he reads.... uttered if he still reads it
    John said that he read (past simple) - this can be uttered at any time.

    Dad: "I worked for the government for 30 years."
    My Dad said that he worked/had worked .... Either is acceptable. I prefer the past perfect.

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