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    Need or needs

    Hi guys,

    Please tell. "He told me that he needed to do this or he needs to do this".Can both be used in any situation?

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    Re: Need or needs

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,

    Please tell. "He told me that he needed to do this or he needs to do this".Can both be used in any situation?
    Remember to leave a space after your period/full stop.

    You should know by now: There are very few times when "always" or "never" is true. Asking if you can do something "in any situation" will get you a "no" response.

    USUALLY we back shift. "He told me that he needed to..."
    If what he needs to do is still in the future at the time you report the speech, you can keep it in the present.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Need or needs

    But both can be used.

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    Re: Need or needs

    Are you asking me or telling me?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Need or needs

    Asking.

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