I'd like to know if my understanding is correct.

  • She said "I will leave for the U.S."

This sentence can be rephrased in two ways, i.e.

  1. She said she would leave for the U.S.
  2. She said she will leave for the U.S.

If she has already left for the U.S., you say 1.

However, if she hasn't left for the U.S. yet, you can say either 1 or 2.

Am I right?

  • Does this answer your question? Reported Speech - Backshifting or not? Commented May 26, 2023 at 11:37
  • Note that if the speaker knows (or believes) that it's not possible for her to leave (even though "she" might not know that herself, and still thinks she will), he'd be very unlikely to use will (which implies an inevitable future, rather than just a possible one). Commented May 26, 2023 at 11:41
  • The would one implies an if: She said she would leave for the US [if x, that is not stated here occurs]. The same goes for will.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 26, 2023 at 18:01


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