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    John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    A few days ago, someone called John told me that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing. Today, I talked to my friend, May" John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing.”

    Is it correct to say “ John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing.”




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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    Yes, but change "years'" to "year's".

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    I'd wouldn't change years' to year's.

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    There is some skepticism inherent in saying he "claimed" a thing.

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    If you believe him or are neutral, it might be better to say John said he had over 10 years' experience. Claimed does sound as if you're not sure he is telling the truth.

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you believe him or are neutral, it might be better to say John said he had over 10 years' experience. Claimed does sound as if you're not sure he is telling the truth.
    If John is still in the field of marketing, are there any difference between:

    1. John claimed that
    he has over 10 years' experience in marketing.
    2. John claimed that he had over 10 years' experience in marketing


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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    No. In one, you back-shift the reported speech. In the other, you don't.

    Again, "claimed" sounds like you don't believe him.
    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: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd wouldn't change years' to year's.
    Oops! My mistake.

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No. In one, you back-shift the reported speech. In the other, you don't.

    Again, "claimed" sounds like you don't believe him.
    Is it more common to back-shift the reported speech in writing?

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    Re: John claimed that he has over 10 years' experience in marketing

    Very little of my writing includes reported speech. I really don't know.
    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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