Let me talk about this sentence.

A girl is currently married to a cricketer of another country. When a reporter asked someone about her, he would have said that "she has married that country's cricketer, hence she is no more of our country now. She is a daughter-in-law of Pakistan."

But while reporting this in a newspaper, the reporter wrote:

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a "non-local", he told reporters here and sought to dub her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to that country's cricketer Shoaib Malik.

My question is why has the author used past simple tense in this? Why didn’t he use "is" instead of "was"?

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  • Please quote the original sentence and provide a link or reference to the source.
    – user230
    Jul 24, 2014 at 13:39
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    It's not clear what in your sentence is an actual quotation, and what is a paraphrase. I suggest you revise the question to include the full quotation that confused you and remove quotation marks around anything that is not a direct quote. Without the full quote, issues like subject-verb agreement are difficult to evaluate.
    – chapka
    Jul 24, 2014 at 18:08
  • Please refer my question again. I have put referance news and link. Plz reply
    – user4084
    Jul 25, 2014 at 8:30
  • Good job adding more context and a link to the article, this question has improved a lot. Jul 25, 2014 at 12:29

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They use the past tense because in reporting or retelling things, we retain the tense of the reporting verb in the account reported:

She assures me she knows Russian.

Here the reporting verb is in the present - assures, so the the same tense is used for "knows."

She assured me that she knew Russian.

Here "assured" is a past form, so "knew" is preferred. Similarly, in your story, everything is told in the past tense, so "was married" is used instead of "is married."

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