What is the correct form of switching from Direct speech to Reported speech in this example:
A policeman says "You will have to turn back because the road is closed"
Shall it be:
1) A policeman told us we would have to turn back because the road was closed"
2) A policeman told us we had to turn back because the road was closed
I am just confused with use of 'would have to' and reported speech.
It is not about "to use backshifting or not", "is the statement still true or not?" Let's say we want to say it in reported speech ... how to handle backshifting correctly here?