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    Backshifting in the reported speech

    Hello,

    Here is the text:

    "How do you like your course, Sarah?" Jane asked.
    "I didn't like it at first," Sarah replied. "I'm really enjoying it now."

    If we change it into Reported speech:

    Jane asked Sarah if she liked her/the course. Sarah replied that she had not liked it at first/did not like it at first. But she was/is really enjoying it now/these days.

    I do know the rules of tense backshifting in Indirect/Reported speech, but I think I could use "she did not like it at first" without complicating the sentence with Past Perfect.
    As for the second sentence, I am not so sure. "She was really enjoying it now" seems OK.

    Thank you for your time and help.

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    Re: Backshifting in the reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    "How do you like your course, Sarah?" Jane asked.
    "I didn't like it at first," Sarah replied. "I'm really enjoying it now."

    If we change it into Reported speech:

    Jane asked Sarah if she liked her/the course.
    Sarah replied that she had not liked it at first/did not like it at first.
    But she was/is? really enjoying it now/these days. 'Was' is more likely, because you started with a backshifted tense in the first reported question.

    I do know the rules of tense backshifting in Indirect/Reported speech, but I think I could use "she did not like it at first" without complicating the sentence with Past Perfect. I agree
    As for the second sentence, I am not so sure. "She was really enjoying it now" seems OK. See my comment, above.
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