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    Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    Which of these sentences is more correct in terms of grammar?

    Base sentence: "How badly did it hurt when you touched the wire?", asked the doctor

    a) The doctor asked how badly it had hurt when I touched the wire
    b) The doctor asked how badly it had hurt when I had touched the wire

    Personally, I feel that the first one is correct, but I am not sure.

    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    Sentence A would be correct if it ended with a period.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    The past perfect is not necessary in either of those clauses.
    "The doctor asked how badly it hurt when I touched the wire." Otherwise, you can use a).

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    Re: Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    I am not a teatcher!

    Personally, my answer is below.
    The doctor asked how badlly it hurt when I touched the wire
    It is not necessary to use auxiliary verb in this case

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    Re: Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    There is no need to repeat what Raymott has already told us, Abalgasem. Simply 'like' his post.

    Remember that you need to end your sentences with an appropriate punctuation mark.

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    Re: Reported Speech - a question about the sequence of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Abalgasem View Post
    I am not a teatcher teacher!

    Personally, My answer is below.

    The doctor asked how badlly badly it hurt when I touched the wire.
    It is not necessary to use an/the auxiliary verb in this case.
    Notwithstanding Piscean's comments in the previous post, see above for how your post should have looked.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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