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    reported speech

    Are these sentences right?

    My colleague says she will finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she is back in the office this Friday.

    My colleague said she would finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she was back in the office this Friday.

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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by swallow888 View Post
    Are these sentences right?

    My colleague says she will finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she comes back Friday.
    Yes, that is good.

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    Re: reported speech

    I am less likely to back shift the verb when a future event spoken about is still in the future.

    If she said it Monday, and I'm reporting it Tuesday, and it refers to this coming Friday, I'm more likely to use the same tense she used.
    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: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by swallow888 View Post
    Are these sentences right?

    My colleague says she will finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she is back in the office this Friday.

    My colleague said she would finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she was back in the office this Friday.
    The first one is acceptable. The second is not.

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    #5

    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by swallow888 View Post
    My colleague says she will finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she is back in the office this Friday.

    My colleague said she would finalize XXX's travel arrangements when she was back in the office this Friday.
    If I said this on Monday or Tuesday, I would be more likely to use the first, but I do not find the second in any way unacceptable.

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    #6

    Re: reported speech

    Agreed.
    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: reported speech

    They are both acceptable. As is a third, mixed possibility:

    She said she would finalize it when she is back in the office...

    I'm not sure if a preference is completely determined by when the reporting takes place, though. I think it might be just as much to do with the speaker's feelings about the possibility of it happening.

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