Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

The changing of a present tense in direct speech to a past tense in reported speech

The changing of a present tense in direct speech to a past tense in reported speech (or a past tense to pluperfect).

Example: 'If the sentence starts in the past, there is often backshift of tenses in Reported speech.'

Links:
https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/backshift

Also see:
What is "backshifting", as applied to English grammar?

history | excerpt history