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    musn't in reported (prohibition)

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/must_1

    2- used in negative sentences to say that something should not happen, because of a rule or law or because of the situation:

    - You mustn't talk to your mother like that.

    I would like to ask how I should report this sentence after days later, for example five days:

    - You said I musn't/couldn't/was obliged not to talk to my mother like that. (reported 5 days later)

    I think 'could not - was not obliged to' sound OK but I am not sure if 'must not' is OK. Are all OK?

    Thanks.

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    Re: musn't in reported (prohibition)

    Five days later, I would still use "mustn't".

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    Re: musn't in reported (prohibition)

    Couldn't would also work, but was obliged not to does not sound natural to me.

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    Re: musn't in reported (prohibition)

    I would use 'should not' instead of 'was obliged not to', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: musn't in reported (prohibition)

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would use 'should not' instead of 'was obliged not to', but I am not a teacher.
    "Should not" has far less of an obligation than "must not."
    "Should" is a recommendation, not a requirement.
    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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