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    Reported speech - whichever/whatever

    'Hurry up,' said my wife, 'whichever you do first.' I'm supposed to change this sentence into reported speech.
    My wife told me to hurry up whichever I do/did first. I don't know if I should change the tense after whichever.
    There's another example with whatever:
    'You mustn't', I said, 'fill it with the switch on, whatever you do'
    I warned her not to fill it with the switch on whatever she does/did?

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    Re: Reported speech - whichever/whatever

    Backshifting, using the past tense, is natural in both of these.

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