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was going to do in reported speech

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 7:35 am
by googl
Dear teacher,

if I change "I am going to do" in reported speech I will get "he said that I was going to do". How should I change "I was going to do" (but I didn't): "he said that I had been going to do" or don't change the tense? (by the way, sorry for the last post)

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:17 am
by Alan
'He said he HAD BEEN going to...' is strictly correct, although many speakers would leave it unshifted.

was going to do (not in rep. speech (continued)

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:41 am
by googl
Is this construct available "without reporter": is the sentence "I had been going to do" correct or is it possible only in the clause "I said..." while reporting?

Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:27 pm
by Alan
Most certainly, e.g. I HAD BEEN GOING to keep it secret until the following week, but I decided after all to tell them the news straight away.