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    past simple in reported speech

    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?

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    Re: past simple in reported speech

    Native speakers often do not backshift the past simple to the past perfect. It is better for learners to backshift; it's always correct.

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