I want to transform this sentence

"This change is good" - Teachers

to indirect speech:

The teachers said that that change was good.

Is this sentences correct? Can I use double that?

  • 1
    "use double that"?
    – Drew
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:23
  • 'The teachers said that that change was good.' or 'The teachers said that this change was good.' are both possible. The 'that' after 'said' is the complementiser, unlike the 'that' (or 'this') before 'change'. Aug 5, 2016 at 17:27
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    – MetaEd
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:29
  • Mostly OK.... But "that change was good", singular. Are you trying for subjunctive or something?
    – GEdgar
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:34

1 Answer 1


As "good" points to "change" (singular), you would use "was good" or "is good" instead of "were good". Since the original quote uses "is", it would be best to carry that over to ensure accuracy.

Otherwise, it would be correct. The word "that" can be used twice in this situation.

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