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Hi,

What is the difference between the sentences below?

1)He told me yesterday that he would be coming to office today

2)He was telling me yesterday that he would be coming to office today.

Thanks in advance.
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The first sentence is common

The second one is a little informal.
2 is only half a sentence. It needs a "when" clause.

He was telling me yesterday that he would be coming to office today when he had the heart attack.
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You might have cut it short. But in my estimation it is complete with 'today'.

Suresh
Hi,

What is the difference between the sentences below?

1)He told me yesterday that he would be coming to the office today. Simply states the fact.

2)He was telling me yesterday that he would be coming to the office today. Suggests that he spent a period of time telling me. Many native speakers would interpret it to mean that he told me several times.

Clive.
Thank you Clive. I had almost the similar idea in my mind. But I could not bring it in words.

Suresh
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Thank you all very much.
He told me that I am not coming
AnonymousHe told me that I am not coming
He told me that he was not coming.

When the reporting verb is in a past tense, as in your sentence ('told'), we should keep the following clause in the past tense as well.
Also, please use punctuation marks where necessary. Remember to end a normal sentence with a period.
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