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It's not a problem. The indirect version really depends on who the you refers to. He said (that) he could not help me/him/her.


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"He said that man had been drinking for a year, or had been drinking all year before he sobered up". "had been drinking" is past perfect continuous tense, which is used to indicate that it had been in progress until another point in the past = he sobered up. The period of drinking happened before getting sober, that's why the past perfect continuous is ...


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