Recently, I was studying about reported speech and while thinking about a few "directly" reported constructions came to mind.
I'm trying to change those sentences to reported speech.
Barbara said, “I didn’t realise it was midnight.”
(reported speech) Barbara said she hadn't realised it was midnight.
(example from Cambridge dictionary)
Ron said, "It was a great experience traveling with you."
(reported speech) Ron said it (was/ had been) a great experience traveling with me.
Brock said, "Oh, I didn't know it was you."
(reported speech) Brock said he (didn't/ hadn't) (know/ known) it (was/ had been) me.
She said, "It was a great opportunity."
(reported speech) She said it (was/ had been) a great opportunity.
(the rest of the three constructions are from my own thoughts :P )
I feel we should use the simple past tense in the reported speech (no change) rather than using the past perfect form in these cases.
But I've always seen the rules say simple past tense is always changed to past perfect tense.
My question is :
How do we know when to change the simple past because there might be cases when it isn't so obvious?
Finally I found this one web article which suggests "was" be changed to "had been".
The example is:
Who was that fantastic man?
(reported speech) She asked me who that fantastic man had been.
This web article is the only one to suggest the change from "was" to "had been".
I'm not sure which version to use or if both are fine.
I'm not sure why almost none of the web resources I've come across so far talk about this. I'd be very glad to hear your suggestions.