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    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    indirect speech again


    again reading a book including this sentence:

    Nobody knew that I had the negative.

    Would it be possible to say ".. that I have the negative" if it is still true? Because my grammar book says that if the original speakerīs present and future are still present and future - a reporter can choose whether to keep the original tense or change it.

    But maybe it is so that the whole story is in the past, so it is not possible to use present tense.

    Thanks a lot!


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: indirect speech again

    I think the context must govern the tense.

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