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    Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign

    Hello,

    Here is a paragraph from an article "Congressman Resigns in Sex Scandal" published in NY Times:

    Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign amid political fallout from an 18-year-old woman's allegations she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him.

    The main verb "announced" is in the past tense, but it is followed by "will".
    I have come across such things quite often lately.
    The thing is I am more accustomed to using "would" after the main verb which is in the past tense.
    Is it just common practice in newspapers and magazines to use this style or am I missing something?
    If I am, what explanation should I give to my sharp-eyed students?

    Thank you for your time and help.
    Last edited by vectra; 26-Jul-2011 at 19:17. Reason: typos

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    Re: Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign

    Back-shifting (present to past, will to would) is almost always correct in reported speech introduced by a verb in a past tense. However, if the situation reported is still true at the time of reporting, then backshifting is not obligatory.

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