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The seller told me :" Just after you had paid another man asked for it."

He told me that just after I had paid, another man asked for it". No backshift here to maintain the time relation between both verbs .Did I make the good choice?

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  • I'd put one more 'had' for that asking.
    – Maulik V
    May 11, 2018 at 6:24
  • but where will you put that" had " before asked or before" told "
    – Yves Lefol
    May 11, 2018 at 7:00
  • When quoting a text or speech verbatim there is no shift. You say exactly what was said. It is only when you're reporting the speech that you become concerned about backshifts. The seller told me that just after I had paid ...
    – TimR
    May 11, 2018 at 10:41

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You might hear someone report this sequence of events in any of the following ways:

The seller told me: "Just after you paid another man asked for it".

The seller told me: "Just after you paid another man had asked for it".

The seller told me: "Just after you had paid another man asked for it".

The seller told me: "Just after you had paid another man had asked for it"

All make the sequence of events clear. I would opt for examples 1. (your choice) and 3. as preferable although you are likely to hear native English speakers using them all.

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