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Is it OK not to backshift the tenses in my example? Options
robjen
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021 11:01:00 PM
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I have made up the example below.

(ex) This morning, the receptionist said to me that many people have signed up for the workshop. She's not sure if there are any more spaces left. She's going to put me on the waitlist now. She hopes there'll be a spot for me. She'll give me a confirmation the day before the workshop.

Is it okay not to backshift the tenses in my example when you are reporting someone's speech from this morning?

Thank you very much.
Víctor Lplz
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2021 2:31:41 AM

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Hello,
According to reported speech's rules, backshift of Simple Present is optional if the situation is still unchanged or if you agree with the original speaker.

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Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2021 7:22:24 AM

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Your example sounds completely natural.
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