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CONTEXT:

John to Bob: "I was wondering if you could lend me some money, Bob."

Bob to John: "I've been in a pretty good mood so far, so stop bringing me down with that nonsense."

Chris to Bob: "What did you just say to John?"

Then Bob says to Chris one of the sentences below.

SENTENCES:

  1. I told him that I have been in a pretty good mood so far, and asked him to stop bringing me down with that nonsense.

  2. I told him that I had been in a pretty good mood so far, and asked him to stop bringing me down with that nonsense.

QUESTION:

Are both sentences correct? I'm wondering about the bolded part.

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  • Yes, both tenses are acceptable.
    – tripleee
    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:16
  • They're both syntactically valid, but logically / semantically, the first version doesn't really make sense, since by the time Bob is reporting the earlier exchange to Bob, he's no longer in a good mood (interacting with John is obviously a real downer! :) We don't normally retain Present Tense when reporting a past utterance that was true, but isn't any longer. Jan 11, 2021 at 13:26

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