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13 May 2017 — He said he will/would

 

How would you choose verb tenses for this sentence?

 

Minnesota Tax Cut Rally 2011

He said that he will lower taxes and that Mexico would pay for the border wall.

Select each option and read the feedback. 

 

1.

He said that he would lower taxes and that Mexico would pay for the border wall.

2.

He said that he will lower taxes and that Mexico will pay for the border wall.

3.

He said that he will lower taxes and that Mexico would pay for the border wall.

GLOSSARY

reported speech  — mentioning something that was said at an earlier time.

subordinate clause —an embedded clause, a clause within a clause.

backshifting—an adjustment of tenses to the time-frame of the moment of speaking as in:  "He says he will." ⇒ "He said he would." or "He says he may." ⇒ "He said he might." See Modal Agreement.

 

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"Minnesota Tax Cut Rally 2011", By Fibonacci Blue, Wikimedia Commons, 7 May 2014. CC BY 2.0. Accessed13 May 2017.