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    ındırect speech

    Is it always necessary to change a sentence in the simple past tense into the past perfect tense while reporting it with the reporting verb in the past?
    If not,what are the exceptions?

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    Re: ındırect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by erdogan kizilkale View Post
    Is it always necessary to change a sentence in the simple past tense into the past perfect tense while reporting it with the reporting verb in the past?
    If not,what are the exceptions?
    When the reported sentence contains a time clause, the tenses of the time cluase do not change.
    e.g. "I left when it was getting dark," she said.
    She said (that) she left(had left) when it was getting dark.
    I just remembered two cases when the tenses do not change.
    1. when the speaker expresses general truth, permanent states or conditions. e.g. "February the 14th is Valentine's Day," he said.
    He said that February the 14th is Valentine's Day.
    2.when the reported sentence deals with type 2\3 conditionals, wishes or unreal past. e.g. "OK boys, it's time you went to bed," Mother said.
    Mother told the boys that it was time they went to bed.


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    Re: ındırect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    When the reported sentence contains a time clause, the tenses of the time cluase do not change.
    e.g. "I left when it was getting dark," she said.
    She said (that) she left(had left) when it was getting dark.
    I just remembered two cases when the tenses do not change.
    1. when the speaker expresses general truth, permanent states or conditions. e.g. "February the 14th is Valentine's Day," he said.
    He said that February the 14th is Valentine's Day.
    2.when the reported sentence deals with type 2\3 conditionals, wishes or unreal past. e.g. "OK boys, it's time you went to bed," Mother said.
    Mother told the boys that it was time they went to bed.
    Thank you,
    Will you put the following sentence into the indirect speech?
    ''We moved to London on 14th March 2000''
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: ındırect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by erdogan kizilkale View Post
    Thank you,
    Will you put the following sentence into the indirect speech?
    ''We moved to London on 14th March 2000''
    Thanks in advance.
    They said they moved to London on March 14th, 2000.

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