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At school we were taught that the sentence She said "I love you" , being converted from direct speech to reported speech form, sounds like She said she loveD me .

The verb in the second sentence stands in Past Simple instead of Present Simple: loveD . The teachers emphasised the relevance of this rule because it contradicts the logic of our native language, Russian.

Although this rule of changing tenses in reported speech seems fine to me (she said she loveD me then, but it doesn't mean that she is still loving meEmotion: smile, I still feel like using the 'incorrect' tense in some cases.

It is when the thing that was spoken out was definitely CONSTANT or obviously HASN'T CHANGED by now. For example,

At the first lecture the professor told us that Mathematics isn't easy. instead of wasn't easy [because it is as difficult now as it was then and as will always be!]
I told her that I am a vampire only yesterday. instead of I was [because I couldn't have changed within one day!]

Is it correct?
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Wow,Burb, I must say that is a brilliant idea. You know students love songs.
Responding to Bubr's original post.

It is CORRECT to say: The professor told us that mathematics ISN'T easy (present tense).
This is because it is a construction called a "known truth", that is, a statement which is assumed to be true for all time. Other examples might be: I told him that cats like milk.

Rommie
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You are great, rommie!
Cheers - but, just to confuse the issue, it is ALSO correct to say The professor told us that mathematics WASN'T easy.

It all depends on whether you count "mathematics isn't easy" as a "known truth", or simply as a statement that was the professor said was true. It's up to you, the speaker, to choose which of the two you prefer. Your choice will put a "spin" on the sentence, coloring it with your world view.

Personally, I would have said "...WASN'T easy" - not because the other version is wrong, but because I wouldn't classify this as a "known truth". This is because I happen to believe that mathematics IS easy, and consequently, the statement "mathematics isn't easy" cannot possibly (in my view) be a KNOWN truth, because it isn't even a TRUTH. The point that I'm trying to make here is that that would be my particular spin. Both versions are correct, but they have subtly different implications regarding the world-view of the speaker.

Rommie
I don't know much about history, I don't much about geography, I don't know much about the French I took, I do know that I love you and if you love me too what a wonderful world this would be.

Although true, this version might have subtly different implications regarding the world-view of the speaker

Remember that you can use the simple present to refer to general truths.

-The earth rotates.
-Water boils at 100c.
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Indeed.

This is best exemplified by example. Compare:

1. The wise one told me that freedom IS worth fighting for.
2. The old fool told me that freedom WAS worth fighting for.

The difference between 1 and 2 is entirely a difference in spin. The speaker of sentence 1 believes the words of the "wise one". The speaker of sentence 2 does not.

Rommie.
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It would be of much help to me

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See my quotations from Jespersen (the famous grammarian) in this thread:
Indirect speech - backshift of tense
Indirect speech - backshift of tense
lots of good examples there
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