My mum says: "I will be sad after he goes back home." so I can say: "She says she will be..."

But what about: "My mum said she will be sad after he goes back home" - reported a moment ago (it is okay, my teacher says so) but do I have to change the tenses if the person still thinks this way?

"My mum said she would be sad after he went back home." - is this correct too?

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That shift to would (past tense of will) is idiomatic, yes.

P.S. You can leave went as is. But some speakers wouldn't shift, and would say goes. My mum said she would be sad after|when he goes home. Others would shift to has gone. My mom said she would be sad when he's gone home.

  • What should I do with "after he goes back home"?
    – user252319
    Aug 21, 2017 at 11:13
  • @user252319 "after he goes back home" might imply that he hasn't gone yet. (just my assumption) Aug 21, 2017 at 16:10

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