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    Reported speech

    Hello!
    I'll be really grateful if someone helps me with this:
    I'm not sure how to apply sequence of tenses in reported speech, when reported sentence is a time clause (and reporting verb is, of course, in the past tense). For instance:
    'What were you doing when I left?'
    Should it go like this:
    a) She asked me what I had been doing when she had left.
    OR

    b) She asked me what I had been doing when she left.

    And one more, just to make clear what puzzles me:

    'My father didn't say anything when I came home,'
    a) She said that her father hadn't said anything when she had come home.
    OR
    b) She said that her father hadn't said anything when she came home.
    Somehow, solutions under b) sound much better ,in my opinion. On the other hand, sequence of tenses wasn't applied consistently in those sentences.
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to your replies.
    Last edited by aleksije; 24-Feb-2015 at 21:01.

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    Re: Reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by aleksije View Post
    Hello!
    I'll be really grateful if someone helps me with this:
    I'm not sure how to apply sequence of tenses in reported speech, when reported sentence is a time clause (and reporting verb is, of course, in the past tense). For instance:
    'What were you doing when I left?'
    Should it go like this:
    a) She asked me what I had been doing when she had left.
    OR

    b) She asked me what I had been doing when she left.
    The second one (b).

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    #3

    Re: Reported speech

    The b) sentences are correct.

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    #4

    Re: Reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by aleksije View Post
    And one more, just to make clear what puzzles me:

    'My father didn't say anything when I came home,'
    a) She said that her father hadn't said anything when she had come home.
    OR
    b) She said that her father didn't say anything when she came home.
    Somehow, solutions under b) sound much better ,in my opinion. On the other hand, sequence of tenses wasn't applied consistently in those sentences.
    The second one (b) again.

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