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Peter said he did the painting of the house a couple of days ago.

The above is correct.

Now Martin will tell us what Peter did.

1.Martin said Peter had done the painting of the house a couple of days ago.

Is the above fine?

Grammatically speaking, is it a sentence of indirect speech or a sentence of past perfect?
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When Martin talks he reports Peter's speech so it's reported speech

By the way, why not say "painted" instead of "did the painting of..."?
Maverick88, thanks for the reply.

You want me to write the following:

Peter said he painted the house a couple of days ago.

1.Martin said Peter had painted the house a couple of days ago.

Is it fine now?

You are telling me it is a sentence of reported speech.

I just want to find out whether it is a past perfect sentence too.
Please tell me.
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'Painted the house' and 'did the painting of the house' mean two different things. How do we know which meaning is intended here?

'Peter did the painting of the house' is something one might say if Peter is an artist who painted a picture of a house.

Also, if Peter is a man of many trades, like carpentry, painting, bricklaying, etc. The context could be such that it can correctly be said that Peter did the painting of the house yesterday; before he did that, he laid the brick for the garden path.
Hi guys,

I agree that it's reported speech. Yes, the tense used is past perfect.

Clive
I thank both davekett and clive for the replies.
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If Martin is to tell us what Peter did, it should be, "Martin said that Peter saidthat he (had) painted the house a couple of days ago", wouldn't it? Emotion: smile
I thought ago changes to before

ago--------before

Am I wrong?
Well, "ago" anchors in the present, "a couple of days before the moment I'm talking to you (now)

"On the other hand, "before" means "a couple of days before the moment he told you that"

I guess it all depends on the context.
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