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The first one is only right undoubtedly. You need to use the same tense unless the content of the indirect speech is about a fact that doesn't change over time. For example we can say: He told me that the sun rises from the east. I think in colloquial language, the second one COULD (that's a big could) be used by some people, but still it's not right. ...


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Both are past reports ("told") of your manager saying directly "You are not doing great at work." To make the statement make sense in a report, you have to shift the person to first from second -- "told me that I ...." and you have a choice of verb tenses in the report. You may backshift to the past to accommodate the past report: "that I was not doing ...


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The author should use the correct tenses even if he/she uses quotes with incorrect grammar. However, it should be acceptable for the author to switch between first and third-person narrative as long as it doesn't confuse readers. There does not seem to be any standard protocol for this. If the author is seriously concerned, they can consider adding a note ...


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First of all He said that he was going to see movie. A movie is countable so this should be He said that he was going to see a movie. Also, why switch to cinema in the second example when it's not relevant to your question? He was saying that he is going to see a movie Makes sense to me only when I think of it like this: He was saying ...



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