Student or Learner
Hi everybody, can you help me with the following, please?
In my grammar book I have:
'That was the best ice cream soda I ever tasted', which in reported speech becomes- according to the keys to exercises I have - He said that that was the best ice-cream soda he had ever tasted.
Another one is 'That was a great game of golf', which becomes He said that that had been a great game of golf.
I can't see why in the first example was doesn't go back to had been, as the general rule shows... Is there an exception to the rule?
Native speakers often do not backshift the past simple to the past perfect. It is better for learners to backshift; it's always correct.