Student or Learner
What is the proper way of expressing the two sentences listed below:
- John said that he read( reads) the newspaper every day.
- My dad said that he worked( had worked) for the government for 30 years.
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.