Home TEFL forum Grammar & Vocabulary Past perfect continuous in Reported speech
I wonder when you say with reported speech, you change all the verbs like in the text book.
Tom said ," When I arrived, they were having dinner"
=> Tom said that when he had arrived, they had been having dinner.
Do you say like that? or Are there any alternatives. Can I say
– Tom said when he arrived , they were having dinner.-?
There is often a difference between what the textbook tells us is "correct" grammar and what is commonly used.
In this case, I think you would hear "Tom said when he arrived they were having dinner" much more often that the "textbook" version.
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