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  • "I was walking down the street this morning when I saw the accident"
    If this is changed into indirect speech

  • "He told Sam he had been walking down…"

does the part “when I saw the accident” change into indirect speech as well or does it stay the same?

  • If he was walking, then he saw the accident, of course. – Kate Bunting Jul 29 '20 at 12:44
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There is an omitted word "that" that should be between "Sam" and "he", which indicates the shift from non-speech description to indirect reported speech.

The omission is grammatically acceptable, but can lead to confusion such as this.

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