I asked him when he would go there.


I asked him when he will go there.

Which one is correct? If both are correct, what is difference in meaning between them?

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"I asked him when he would go there" is correct. When the verb in the main clause is in a past tense, "will" in the subordinate clause changes to "would":

He said he would call me.

I explained what I would do.

I asked when the photos would be ready.

I was showing how I would do that.

The heating wan't working, so we hoped the engineer wouldn't take long.

That's how we express the future in the past.

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