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    She asked me how the weather was.

    Which one is right (or more common)?

    01) She asked me how the weather was that day.
    02) She asked me how the weather that day was.

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    Re: She asked me how the weather was.

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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She asked me how the weather was.

    2 isn't right, but it's the kind of thing people might say in conversation.

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    Re: She asked me how the weather was.

    2 isn't right, but it's the kind of thing people might say in conversation.
    As I see it, (2) has two possible readings. "That day" in (2) could be substituting for the use of "today" in the reported sentence. On this reading, "that day" modifies "weather":

    direct: She asked me, "How is the weather today?"
    reported: She asked me how the weather that day was.

    Alternatively, (2) could be equivalent to the following, in which "backshift" is at work. We may suppose that she asked how the weather on some previous day ("that day") had been.

    direct: She asked me, "How was the weather that day?"
    reported: She asked me how the weather that day had been.

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    Re: She asked me how the weather was.

    Good points- I was looking it simply as an embedded question.

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