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hiya!

Can someone tell me are these constructions OK

He told me that he lived in France. ( Though the tense is present, he lives in france)

He told me that he thought I was beautiful ( in this construction the tense is present, he thinks that I am beautiful)

The reporter asked the minister if he still believed that his son is innocent ( again the tense is present here) I've seen people writing " The reporter asked the minister if he still believes that his son is innocent."

The newspaper quoted the law firm who is representing Mr. higgins and wrote that the firm still believed his client is telling the truth.

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Hi,

Can someone tell me are these constructions OK

He told me that he lived in France. ( Though the tense is present, he lives in france)

'He lived' is past tense, not present tense.

The words in your sentence do not tell us whether he lives in France right now. However, the context often makes this clear.

eg if he told me this 30 years ago, there is a good chance that he dos not live in France right now.

eg if he told me this 30 minutes ago, there is a good chance that he does live in France right now.

In cases like the latter, we also often say 'He told me that he lives in France'.

Similar comments apply to your other examples.

He told me that he thought I was beautiful ( in this construction the tense is present, he thinks that I am beautiful)

The reporter asked the minister if he still believed that his son is innocent ( again the tense is present here) I've seen people writing " The reporter asked the minister if he still believes that his son is innocent."

The newspaper quoted the law firm who is representing Mr. higgins and wrote that the firm still believed his client is telling the truth.

Clive
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Ok, but what if i am changing them from direct speech to indirct speech as in : Ron's Dad said " I live in France." So, if I change it to indirect speech the tense will also change. So, in that case " Ron's dad said that he llived in France." Isn't that OK? Similar examples where the tense changes.

The reporter asked the minister if he still believed that his son is innocent.

The newspaper quoted the law firm who is representing Mr. higgins and wrote that the firm still believed his client is telling the truth.
Hi,

Ok, but what if i am changing them from direct speech to indirct speech as in : Ron's Dad said " I live in France." So, if I change it to indirect speech the tense will also change. So, in that case " Ron's dad said that he llived in France." Isn't that OK? Yes. I didn't say it wasn't OK.

Please reread my comment about whether this was said 30 years ago or 30 seconds ago.

In short, the Past is always correct when changing to indirect speech, but the Present can be used if the statement is still true.

Please write again if you still need further explanation of this.Emotion: smile

After this point is clear, we can consider your other examples if you wish.

Clive
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