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    reported speech at simple present

    Hello,

    I would like to ask about 'reported speech'.Can you please check If they are correct or not? Must we use only simple present although they are used at reported speech?
    a)The teacher said that phrasal verbs are very important.
    The teacher said that phrasal verbs were very important.

    b)"My name is Lynne", she said.
    She said her name was Lynne.
    or
    She said her name is Lynne.

    Both answers are correct, aren't they?
    2) It is written that we can use the present tense in reported speech if we want to say that something is still true.

    'I do my homework tomorrow' she said.

    She said that she will do her homework tomorrow.
    She said that she would do her homework tomorrow.

    Thank you
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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    [QUOTE=eliff;802671]Hello,

    I would like to ask about 'reported speech'.Can you please check If they are correct or not?

    1) "My name is Lynne", she said.

    She said her name was Lynne.

    or

    She said her name is Lynne.

    Both answers are correct, aren't they?
    2) It is written that we can use the present tense in reported speech if we want to say that something is still true.

    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) There are rules, and there is common sense.

    (2) If you want to please your teachers, you should probably use "was."

    (3) As you said, many native speakers would, indeed, use "is."

    (4) Sometimes, one must use the present:

    Tom: The moon is X miles away from our planet.

    Sue: Tom told me that the moon is X miles ....

    (5) Sometimes it becomes really weird:

    Mona: I might come to your party tomorrow.

    Joe: Mona told me that she might come to my party tomorrow.

    ***

    Mona: I may come to your party tomorrow.

    Joe: Mona told me that she may(?)/ might (?) come to my party tomorrow.

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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    I would like to know how they suggest me constructing a sentence.Is or was, which one?

    a)The teacher said that phrasal verbs are very important.
    The teacher said that phrasal verbs were very important.

    b)"My name is Lynne", she said.
    She said her name was Lynne.
    or
    She said her name is Lynne.

    Both answers are correct, aren't they?
    2) It is written that we can use the present tense in reported speech if we want to say that something is still true.

    'I do my homework tomorrow' she said.

    She said that she will do her homework tomorrow.
    She said that she would do her homework tomorrow

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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    As the Parser said:
    (2) If you want to please your teachers, you should probably use "was."
    It's always* okay to backshift. Backshift on your homework and test questions and you'll be okay.

    It's okay to NOT backshift if it's still true. Her name is still Lynne. Phrasal verbs are still important.

    It's okay to NOT backshift if the event is still in the future.


    *I don't like to say "always" because someone will no doubt come up an example where it's not true, but I was afraid if I wrote "almost always" someone would say "When is it not okay?" and I wouldn't have an answer.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    Now, I have found something by internet.
    It says ;

    However, when we are reporting something that was said in the past but is still true, it is not obligatory to make the tense 'more in the past'. The choice is up to the speaker. For example:

    "The train doesn't stop here."

    He said the train doesn't stop here.
    He said the train didn't stop here.
    "I like Sarah."

    She said she likes Sarah.
    She said she liked Sarah.

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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    'I do my homework tomorrow' she said." This is incorrect.

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    Re: reported speech at simple present

    Do you see disagreement between the answers you got here and your new source?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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