Can you please explain use of the future tense in this sentences:

What time did Amy say she was coming?
I think she said she will be coming at 8 o'clock

Why we use Past Perfect in the question and Future Tense in the answer

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1 Answer 1


Both question and answer are in the simple past.

The question is, "What time did she say...", and the answer is, "She said...".

If you're asking about the reported speech parts, it's a bit complicated.

To make it simpler, I'm using "Bella" for the person asking the question and the "Connor" for the person answering the question.

Some time before this conversation, Amy told Connor something like:

I will be coming at 8 o'clock.

Bella wants to know what Amy said her plans were, so she asked Connor. Since the question is about plans, she used present continuous for future plans in her reported speech. Also, since it's reported speech, she backshifted the present continuous to past continuous, "...she was coming?".

When Connor reports what Amy said, he reports the tense that Amy used, and chooses not to backshift because it's optional when the speech being reported is still valid.

This means the reported speech in the question was in a future form, and so was the reported speech in the answer, so it's correct and natural.

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