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"it had used to be" vs. "it used "Which verb to be"use in a reporting clause?"

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Indirect narration for simple past tense "it had used to be" vs. "it used to be"

Direct: he said, "it used to be a lovely quiet street. Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Direct: he said, “It used to be a lovely quiet street.”
Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

Indirect narration for simple past tense

Direct: he said, "it used to be a lovely quiet street. Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

"it had used to be" vs. "it used to be"

Direct: he said, “It used to be a lovely quiet street.”
Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not:

He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

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Passive voice Indirect narration for simple past tense

Active voiceDirect: he said, "it used to be a lovely quiet street." Passive voiceIndirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

Passive voice for simple past

Active voice: he said, "it used to be a lovely quiet street." Passive voice: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

Indirect narration for simple past tense

Direct: he said, "it used to be a lovely quiet street. Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not: He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

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