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Dear all

Which of the following is correct:

1. He said he will call me back next week.
2. He said he would call be back next week.

Because "next week" is coming, so the action is not happened yet; I personally think the first sentence is correct. However, a few people tell me the second one is. They say that we need to obey the tense sequence.

Similarly, which one of the following is correct:

1. I did not think you are at work today.
2. I did not think you were at work today.
(The person is actually working at the time the sentence is spoken.)

Thank you very much.
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1. He said he will call me back next week.
2. He said he would call me back next week.

1. I did not think you are at work today.
2. I did not think you were at work today.

said works differently from thought and knew. With said you can switch to the present point of view in the subordinate clause; this is especially useful if you are merely repeating something you just heard -- though, even in this case, the past in the subordinate clause is fine.

-- I'm ready!
-- What did he say?
-- He said he's ready. / He said he was ready.

-- I'll call you soon.
-- What did he say?
-- He said he'll call you soon. / He said he would call you soon.

-- What did he say when he talked to you last week?
-- He said he would call me soon.

With thought and knew, use only the past point of view in the subordinate clause even if the meaning applies to present or future time.

I didn't know you were at work today.
I didn't think they had a plan.
I knew they weren't ready.
I thought we were leaving soon.

CJ
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Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
He said he would call me when the passengers were ready
anonymous He said he would call me when the passengers were ready

You need a final punctuation mark.