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I’m an English teacher in Brazil. Although I’m Brazilian I lived for over 8 years in the US, during all of which I studied and read a few books. For what I know, on the first situation you’re right. It’s both reported speech and a conditional sentence. The first sentence could be indicating that the character still has hope as well. The second sentence ...


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In Engineering, we are not stuck with the compulsion of non-disjointed sentences, but for practicality and clarity. I don't see why other people are so stuck up with exact reproduction of speech and verbatim. It's for clarity and communications, for goodness' sake. 10:05 am, Jefferson Room: meeting started In attendence: John, Amar, Quan, Santiago 10:10 ...


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In the first sentence, I would preserve the present tense of the second verb. I would also use a gerund for the fourth verb. "Mr. Johnson said that Latin America and Asia produce the same products. He suggested closing the factories in America."


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The teacher asked Marga, "Who helped you with your work?" The teacher asked Marga who had helped her with her work. Because the original question was a subject question and there was no subject auxiliary inversion, the reported speech doesn't require any change of word order there. The reported version uses the past perfect, to reflect the ...


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As @John notes above, any way of expressing the past allows reported speech. we always use this word when talking about the past. But for more conceptual clarity, can't we use the following hypothesis: He said that I was a very stupid man-- This sentence does not reflect that he repeatedly told you that you were a stupid man. He used to say that I was a ...



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