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I need your input:

Q:
I have this sentence in the past perfect tense:

If I had seen her at the party, I would have said to her, "we can get together later".

Converting this sentence into an indirect narration, which one would it be?:

a. If I had seen her at the party, I would have told her that we could get together later.
b.
If I had seen her at the party, I would have told her that we could have gotten together later.

The point I am asking is, in a past perfect sentence, whether "we can get together later" part should be in the simple past tense or in the present perfect tense. Explanation is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

J

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That's an interesting one. Just going by instinct, I'd definitely choose the first version. I have no explanation at this time. Sorry.

As an aside, I'd probably also use the subjunctive. "I would have suggested [that] we get together later."
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Thanks, Avangi

Glad you liked it. Never have I thought about this before.
Actually your subjunctive sample suggests a very interesting point. After the verb "suggested", the verb "get" is left to be in the present tense.

J

when i reached home my mother had slept.

how do we change this sentence in indirect speech

1 She told me that her mother had slept when she had reached home.

2 She told me that her mother had slept when she reached home

which is correct in these two sentence

thanks in advace

When i reached home, my mother had slept.

First, let's be clear about the meaning of this sentence.

Assume I reached home at 9pm. This means that my mother had slept sometime before 9pm, but was not asleep at 9pm. Is this what you mean?

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