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    report structures

    Please , tell me why
    all report structures use the past tense of the reporting verb. If she always makes a mistake and he can't stand her doing it , I'll say --
    He says that she always makes this foolish mistake. Is it correct?

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    Re: report structures

    What type of report are you referring to? If it is for a legal purpose (a police report, an incident report at a workplace, etc) then the past tense is used because it is something that has happened in the past is being reported. If the behavior has been continuous, it can be reflected in the report by phrasing it as "He said that she has always made this same foolish* mistake."

    *If you are making an official report of some sort, it is usually best to leave out such editorial adjectives as "foolish."

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    Re: report structures

    I have a question.

    What kind of words can be replace with "Foolish" ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: report structures

    Quote Originally Posted by missie123 View Post
    What kind of words can be replace with "foolish"?
    There's no need for any adjective.

    'She always makes the same mistake.'

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    Re: report structures

    Nobody replied to my question (((
    I suppose it's possible. And why should I say "the same" if I mean 'foolish' ?
    Last edited by towcats1; 06-Nov-2014 at 20:02.

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