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    1st Conditionals in Reported Speech

    (0) He told me: "You shouldn't worry if I arrive a little late". (I borrowed the example)

    How to report the if-clause?
    Does it matter whether the arrival in question is still ahead (1) or well in the past (2)?
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    (1) He said (that) I should not worry if he arrives a little late. (?)

    (2) He said (that) I should not worry if he would arrive a little late. (???)

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    Re: 1st Conditionals in Reported Speech

    He told me I shouldn't worry if he he arrived/arrives a little late.

    With 'arrived' I have backshifted; with 'arrives' I haven't. Both are fine.

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    Re: 1st Conditionals in Reported Speech

    Thank you. Now I know.

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