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    He says or He said

    Hello Teacher, can I use either "he says" or "he said" in this sentence

    I called Mary today to remind her regarding her appointment and she says she is not doing very well.

    I called Mary today to remind her regarding her appointment and she said she is not doing very well.

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    Re: He says or He said

    "She says" or "she said" are both OK.

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    Re: He says or He said

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post

    I called Mary today to remind her regarding her appointment and she said she is not doing very well.

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    As Soothing Dave said, both of your sentences are used by native speakers.

    May I most respectfully and gently make a suggestion: if you decide to use the second sentence, it might be helpful to be consistent

    and use the past tense throughout. That is:

    I called Mary today to remind her regarding her appointment, and she said (that) she was not doing very well.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: He says or He said

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    As Soothing Dave said, both of your sentences are used by native speakers.

    May I most respectfully and gently make a suggestion: if you decide to use the second sentence, it might be helpful to be consistent

    and use the past tense throughout. That is:

    I called Mary today to remind her regarding her appointment, and she said (that) she was not doing very well.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    I'm not sure I agree. If "not doing well" is talking about someone feeling ill, then the condition probably continues into the present, so "is not doing well" seems right to me.

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    Re: He says or He said

    Both 'was' and 'is' are fine in this sentence.

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    Re: He says or He said

    But with she says, only is works.

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