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    What's the difference here: She says she's leaving January 1st. VS She said she's

    What's the difference here:

    She says she's leaving January 1st.

    VS

    She said she's leaving January 1st.

    Are both the same?

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    Re: What's the difference here: She says she's leaving January 1st. VS She said sh

    Usually you say "she says" (present) only when you are repeating what she said immediately after it was said.
    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: What's the difference here: She says she's leaving January 1st. VS She said sh

    For me, they're both usable immediately after she said it and later.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What's the difference here: She says she's leaving January 1st. VS She said sh

    To clarify - both are okay immediately after.

    However, my likelihood of using "she says" will decrease as time passes. You can use "she says" only before the time she mentions. (You could not say "she says" on January 2, for example.)
    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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