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Hi Everyone,

I have several sentences that I would like you to check -- and please, feel free to correct them:

1. He said that they (are/were) no longer part of the company
2. Matt mentioned that he (is/was) the decision maker for the organization.
3. She pointed out that Tony no longer (works/worked) in their department.

In sentences where there are multiple verbs, what are the rules when it comes to its tenses? If you could refer me to a website explaining this matter, or anything regarding advance english tenses, I would appreciate it.

Thanks!

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Hey retsam14v,

I am not sure if understand what you're asking here. In the sentences provided either of your verbs in parenthesis will suffice but will change the meaning of the sentences or require some further clarification. The choice between the two verb options will affect the time period of when the object refered to actually happened and what the situation is currently.

Here are your sentences.

1. He said that they ARE no longer part of the company.

- Meaning that at this time they are no longer with the company

1. He said that they WERE no longer part of the company.

- In this case you would need another reference to a point in time when something happened for it to make sense.

i.e. He said they WERE no longer working for the company when the thefts happened.

2. Matt mentioned that he IS the decision maker for the organization.

- Meaning that He is currently the decision maker for the organization.

2. Matt mentioned that he WAS the decision maker for the organization.

- Here meaning that he is no longer the decision maker for the organization bus was at some point in the past.

3. She pointed out that Tony no longer WORKS in their department.

- Tony is currently not working in their department, but used to in the past.

3. She pointed out that Tony no longer WORKED in their department.

- This is similar to sentence 1 in that it needs a reference to an event or object in the past.

i.e. She pointed out that Tony no longer WORKED in their department when their pay was adjusted.

Please let me know if you need any further clarification or if I misinterpreted what you were asking.

-Chris

USA
Thanks Chris for this information! This is how I actually say/state things using indirect speech- but after reviewing indirect speech,I really got confused! Check this out: http://www.athabascau.ca/courses/engl/155/support/direct_and_indirect_speech.htm

I want to get your thoughts regarding this. Thanks!