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    past perfect / direct and indirect speech/ when a sentence starts

    Hi,

    I have studied mny grammar books but I haven't seen a Direct or Indirect speech starting with past perfect.

    I mean I have seen:

    (both direct and indirect) She said ......
    (both direct and indirect) She claimed ......
    (both direct and indirect) She admitted .....

    But I haven't seen:

    She had said .........
    She had claimed .......
    She had admitted ......

    Can we start a direct or indirect speech with past perfect or it only works with simple past?

    Thank you.

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    Re: past perfect / direct and indirect speech/ when a sentence starts

    You can introduce both direct and indirect speech by a verb in any tense appropriate to the context, including past perfect.

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