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    Mobile phone

    1Yesterday he told me he bought a new mobile phone.

    2Yesterday he told me he had bought a new mobile phone.

    Which is the correct one?
    I am writing today about it. I met him yesterday.

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    Re: Mobile phone

    They are both correct.

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    Re: Mobile phone

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    Re: Mobile phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    1Yesterday he told me he bought a new mobile phone.

    2Yesterday he told me he had bought a new mobile phone.

    Which is the correct one?
    I am writing today about it. I met him yesterday.
    2. might be right, but there's nothing in the context to show why you'd need the past perfect tense. Why would you want to use it here?

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    Re: Mobile phone

    I would use 2. The buying of the phone took place before the conversation yesterday, which took place before the retelling of the story today.

    I think this is another AmE/BrE difference. In BrE, we would always say, for example "I told you I had done that!" but I have a feeling that in AmE, "I told you I did that!" would be perfectly acceptable.

    He told me he had bought a car.
    I met my friend just now and she told me she had booked a holiday.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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