Usage of “will” and “would”
- I said I will go.
- I said I would go.
Which one is correct?
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It depends on punctuation. The first needs to be written as I said ‘I will go’. That shows that the speaker is reporting the actual words spoken. However, if the speaker wants to report those words indirectly, then it would appear as I said I would go. That, at least, is the formal position, but, particularly in speech, you will find I said I will go, although it might often be as part of a longer sentence such as I said I will go, and so I will.