Very true. I often do it myself. The reason is that we mentally prepend the "I told" or the "I said" as an afterthought onto what we were thinking about, rather than constructing the sentence from scratch. So we "forget" to go back and amend the tense. In a sense, it is like quoting what is in your head. For example, "I said '<X>'", where <X> is taken as a whole unit.Originally Posted by dihen
This is so prevalent in modern English today that "I said I'm not feeling well" sounds almost more natural than "I said I wasn't feeling well". I suspect in a few generations it will become the "correct" form.
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