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    #1

    Reported Speech

    "I had a fight with my wife"

    When it comes to reporting, I'd like to know if there is any difference between:
    a - He says he had a fight with his wife.
    b - He said he had had a fight with his wife.

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    #2

    Re: Reported Speech

    I think (a) suggests he says it repeatedly while (b) refers to a single act of saying it in the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Reported Speech

    You would say a only if "Joe" said it just a moment ago and someone immediately after, who couldn't hear well, says "What is Joe saying?" or "What did Joe just say?"
    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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    #4

    Re: Reported Speech

    A: What did Joe have to say?
    B: He said he had a fight with his wife.

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