Indirect Speech

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Indirect Speech

Post by Nami Nami » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:47 am

The IT guys said they were exploring the possibility of developing a system that allows users to ....

My question is: is "allows" correct? or we should use "allowed"?

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Re: Indirect Speech

Post by Alan » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:22 am

Technically, yes, but most speakers nowadays would happily accept the unshifted form here, even for fairly formal use.