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    Simple present or past simple in dialogues, quotations, and statements

    I am confused between using simple present or simple past in dialogues, quotations, and statements.If I put that after the verb, Does it change the meaning?

    Should I say?

    The king says (said) he will fight terrorism in all its forms.

    The king insists (insisted) he will fight terrorism in all its forms.

    The king says (said) that he will fight terrorism in all its forms.

    Does the word "that" change the meaning of the sentence?

    What is the difference between simple present and simple past in sentences above?

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    Re: Simple present or past simple in dialogues, quotations, and statements

    If you are going to use the past tense 'said' and 'insisted', change 'will' to 'would'. Adding 'that' makes no difference to the meaning.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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