Which one is the correct form of reported speech for the following sentence? why?
"When were you born?", he asked him.
1- He asked him when he had been born.
2- He asked him when he was born.
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The first version is correct. The second version sounds fine (to my native ear), probably because being born is not a repeated event, so the grammatical distinction between the time of the event and the time of asking is unambiguous.