He said " I had a car "

when this is converted into a reported speech, which of these is correct? a) He said he had a car, or b) He said he had had a car.


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In reported speech, when backshifting (which is common but not always mandatory) you would backshift the past tense "I had a car" to "he had had a car".

The ugliness is somewhat disguised by the contraction:

He said that he'd had a car.

That is the grammar. But you'd not normally use "I had a car": "I owned a car" or "I hired a car" would be a lot better.

He said that he'd hired a car for the week.


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