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Simple past


Simple past
Is ir right if we dont need change simole past in reported speech? He said "I bought a car" She said (that) she had bought a car OR She said (that) she bought a car. Both are right? Thanks

13 Jan 2021      

United Kingdom

You need to push the tense back one, so it should be: she said that she had bought a car. This is British English. 

14 Jan 2021     

United States

In American English, both are correct. They had bought a car sounds more formal to me, and bought a car sounds normal.
I wonder how it is in Austrailian and Canadian English and other Englishes, as well. 

14 Jan 2021     


Jack C Richards from Cambridge press in his INTERCHANGE course books uses the change from past to past perfect.
Me, I think both are OK in spoken English but I would much rather use past perfect in written texts or tests in order to increase my score about vocabulary and grammar knowledge.  

14 Jan 2021