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We use would have past participal for hypothetical/imagination sentences. Do we need to use them in a reported speech?

Direct:(Talking to myself) Probably this would be the last time I am here.

Indirect:(Telling someone) I knew that would have been the last time I was there.

  • Yes, you backshift when you're thinking about the past. But your first sentence really should be: Probably this will be the last time I am here. So the indirect sentence is: I knew that would be the last time I was there. – Peter Shor Jun 19 at 13:00
  • Why not 'would' ? If I don't say 'probably' then the sentence Direct: 'this would be the last time I am here'. Indirect: 'I knew that would have been the last time I was there'. I'm using ' would' for assumption. Now what would you say?. Is the indirect correct now?. – Rocky Jun 19 at 14:14
  • In the first sentence, I would instead say probably this will be the last time I am here. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 19 at 14:27
  • So you mean we can't change 'would be' in the reporting speech? – Rocky Jun 19 at 15:10
  • It depends on the meaning of would be. – Peter Shor Jun 23 at 16:05

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