Could a native speaker help me with this question?
Let's take this direct speech statement:
Laura: "I would do it now if you wanted me to."
Which of the following reported-speech statements derived from the above is/are natural?
The reported-speech statement is said many months later, when Laura's offer has expired (is no longer valid).
If more than one is natural, please say so!
1) Laura said she would do it then if he wanted her to.
2) Laura said she would have done it then if he wanted her to.
3) Laura said she would do it then if he had wanted her to.
4) Laura said she would have done it then if he had wanted her to.
What about formal vs informal style?
Last edited by enthink; 25-Mar-2011 at 09:28.
Thanks. Does that mean that the other options are not natural?
#4 - because all verbs agree in time.
But your original statement:
"I would do it now if you wanted me to."
"I would do it now if you want me to."
Last edited by bhaisahab; 25-Mar-2011 at 18:32.
My answer to your question is that I probably would not say #1, but others do. The 'rules' on reported speech, in conversation at least, are far more flexible than some books suggest.
Incidentally, look at the words that I have coloured blue. They do not fit into any common pattern covered in course books, but they are perfectly acceptable, in my opinion.