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

mrmvp

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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?
 

bhaisahab

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If you are going to use the past tense 'said' and 'insisted', change 'will' to 'would'. Adding 'that' makes no difference to the meaning.
 
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