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    #1

    there's a pub/there was a a pub

    Do we need to use the past tense of there is?

    He explained that I had to carry on along the road towards Portsmouth, until I got down a steep hill, then to take the turning to the left at the bottom of the hill - He said there's a pub called The Green Man on the right just before the turning...
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: there's a pub/there was a a pub

    If the pub is still there or we expect it to still be there, I would stick with the present tense. You could say "He said there was a pub called ..." but you're reporting what he actually said. His words were spoken in the past but he no doubt said "There is a pub called The Green Man ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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