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    They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Someone I know bought a used phone online and after a couple of days he got a phone call from the police. I was talking about this incident and I said:
    1) "They said that it was a stolen phone so he'd have to take it to the police station."

    I wonder if the following sentence can be said as well:

    2) "They said that it is a stolen phone so he'll have to take it to the police station."

    Are both forms possible or is it better to stick to 1?

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    It depends on whether he has already taken it to the police station by the time you talk about the incident. If he still has the phone, you could use "it is/he'll". If he's already taken it to the police station, use "it was/he'd".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on whether he has already taken it to the police station by the time you talk about the incident. If he still has the phone, you could use "it is/he'll". If he's already taken it to the police station, use "it was/he'd".
    He didn't take it to the police station. In another post someone told me that I'ts better to keep the entire sentence in the past tense since I'm talking about what happened in the past.

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    In another post someone told me that I'ts better to keep the entire sentence in the past tense since I'm talking about what happened in the past.
    Where is that post?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Sep-2020 at 22:34.
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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Where is that post?
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...I-don-t-didn-t

    This is the post I was talking about. And there's one more post in another page about this and they said the same thing.

    I know my context is different. From what I understand I should've used the future tense since he still has the phone.

    Another sentence:
    "He said I'll get rejected if I don't register by the end of this week"
    All this time I though it's correct to say "He said I'd get rejected if I didn't register by the end of this week" even if I'm saying it before the end of the week.

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    #6

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Another sentence:
    "He said I'll get rejected if I don't register by the end of this week"
    All this time I thought it's it was correct to say "He said I'd get rejected if I didn't register by the end of this week" even if I'm saying it before the end of the week.
    Both sentences are correct and natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    "He said I'll get rejected if I don't register by the end of this week"
    All this time I thought it's correct to say "He said I'd get rejected if I didn't register by the end of this week" even if I'm saying it before the end of the week.

    It is possible to use past tenses there.
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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on whether he has already taken it to the police station by the time you talk about the incident. If he still has the phone, you could use "it is/he'll". If he's already taken it to the police station, use "it was/he'd".
    If he still has the phone, can't you say "he would"?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is possible to use past tenses there.
    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Both sentences are correct and natural.
    Why?

    1) Why is past tense correct here even though the week isn't over yet?
    "He said I'd get rejected if I didn't register by the end of this week" even if I'm saying it before the end of the week.

    2) Why isn't past tense correct here then?
    "They said that it is a stolen phone so he'll have to take it to the police station."

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    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post

    1) Why is past tense correct here even though the week isn't over yet?
    "He said I'd get rejected if I didn't register by the end of this week" even if I'm saying it before the end of the week.

    When the verb introducing the reported speech is in a past tense, then backshifting of the verbs in the indirect speech is always possible.
    2) Why isn't past tense correct here then?
    "They said that it is a stolen phone so he'll have to take it to the police station."
    It is possible.
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