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Koh Elaine
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The teacher said, "The world is round."

In reported speech, which is the usual version?

The teacher said that the world is round.
The teacher said that the world was round.

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NKM
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I think the tenses need to match: "… said the world was round."

Hope123
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There are two theories about the sequence of tenses in reported speech and the debate has been going on for ages.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequence_of_tenses






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I think the teacher was stating something of a fundamental or defining nature, which transcends time. "Is" gets my vote.
Wilmar (USA)
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Is.
Sarrriesfan
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The teacher is also wrong the Earth is an oblate spheroid.

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hedy mmm
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Koh Elaine wrote:
The teacher said, "The world is round."

In reported speech, which is the usual version?

The teacher said that the world is round.
The teacher said that the world was round.


The teacher said, "The world is round." Is a quote of what the teacher said.

The teacher said that the world was round. Is CORRECT because it's in reported speech. The idea of same tenses only applies to this complete sentence, not one with a quote....

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sureshot
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Koh Elaine wrote:
The teacher said, "The world is round."

In reported speech, which is the usual version?

The teacher said that the world is round.
The teacher said that the world was round.

Thanks.

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The rule is that the tense of the reported verb does not change when the reported speech pertains to habitual or universal truth,proverbs, principles and scientific laws. Here are a few examples:

My mother said, "Honesty is the best policy."
My mother said that honesty is the best policy.

My professor said, "Work is worship."
My professor said that work is worship.

He said, "We are mortal."
He said that we are mortal.

The little boy said, "The sun rises in the east."
The little boy said that the sun rises in the east.

Changing the present tense to past tense is applicable if the statement is untrue or out of date. Therefore, there is only one correct option and that is: The teacher said that the world is round.

It is a different matter that strictly speaking the earth is an oblate spheroid.



TMe
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The teacher said that the world is round. Yes Correct coz it is still so.

At no point of point in the past it was so and is not now.

I am a layman.
tunaafi
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sureshot wrote:
The rule is that the tense of the reported verb does not change when the reported speech pertains to habitual or universal truth,proverbs, principles and scientific laws.


The practice in British English is that we do not usually backshift when reporting habitual or universal truths, etc. However, backshifting is not incorre
ct.
NKM
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:22:09 PM

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"Copernicus claimed that the Earth revolved around the Sun."

We know now that it does, but at the time he said it ….

Koh Elaine
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