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Hi.

Can you please tell me why the underlined part is not in past perfect? I figure that only tense in the original quote could be in is past tense and it seems to me that you have to back-shift the tense to present perfect when reporting back at a later time.

He told us that he received the information form people who had been in the meeting.

I think this should be the correct way to report back what could have been the correct content of the original quote. I think we can't back shift the following underlined part or could we?

He told us that he had received the information from people who had been in the meeting.
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The original is fine (except 'from' instead of 'form'). He received the information from the people after they left the meeting.
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Thank you.

I wrote:

He told us that he received the information form people who had been in the meeting.

If we partition the setence into two and just use the first part, I think the past perfect is the only correct one.

He told us that he had received the information.

I think since we have the latter part and the situation is that we have to note one has to come after the other and we can't go back further than past perfect, we are left, by default, to have a past tense in the main clause. Is that right?

The latter part being this (I correct the misspelling of the word "from" from the sentence I wrote:

the information from people who had been in the meeting.

Thank you again.
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No; the dependent clause ('the latter part') takes structural priority.
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Thank you so much again. Can you please tell me what is reported speech for what John has said?

Hi. John, where did you get that information?

John: I received the information from people who was in the meeting.

How would you report what John said at a later date?
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John: "I received the information from people who were in the meeting."
John said that he received the information from people that had been in the meeting.
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Thank you so much again. I think this is what I think.

You wrote:

John: "I received the information from people who were in the meeting."
John said that he received the information from people that had been in the meeting.

If this is what John said:

John: "I received the information from people who had been in the meeting."

Then reported speech version would remain the same like this.

John said that he received the information from people that (or use the word "who") had been in the meeting.

I think I said before if you want to note that he got the information from the people who had been in the meeting, then you should make it clear but if you put the subordinate part n past perfect, then to make the sequence clear without adding an extra wording, is to put the tense in the main clause in the past. I think this can't be right. Two tenses in past perfect make the sequence blurry.

John said that he had received the information from people that/who had been in the meeting.
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Do as you wish, then.
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