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I've got a question related to reported speech.

How should the sentence "I didn't meet her yesterday" look in reported speech while reporting it next day? For example, I said in the morning "I didn't meet her yesterday." and later in the day I'm repeating it.

Should I say:

I said I didn't meet her yesterday.

or

I said I hadn't met her yesterday.

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  • The first seems more appropriate to me, but there is also some ambiguity. I suggest: This morning, I said I didn't meet her yesterday. Otherwise, it could be interpreted as: I said, "I didn't meet her," yesterday. Commented Aug 3, 2019 at 14:04

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If you said that earlier on the same day you can say:

I said I hadn't met her yesterday

But if you are repeating it on a different day you will say:

I said I hadn't met her the day before.

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Speech:

  • "I didn't meet her yesterday". This is the speech (what was said).

Reported Speech

  • I said I hadn't met her yesterday.

Quoted Speech

  • He said "I didn't meet her yesterday". or
  • He said: "I didn't meet her yesterday".

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