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Which is right?


Which is right?
Dear colleagues, which of the following two options would you say is correct? Do you think both can be accepted?
"I �ve got a car"
1) She said she had got a car.
2) She said she had a car.
Thank you in advance

14 Mar 2010      

United States

1. She said she had got a car sounds like she either bought or borrowed a car.
2. She said she had a car sounds like she has one already.


14 Mar 2010     

banska bystrica

If you want to hold the meaning of the sentence "I have got a car" in reported speech, you should say "She said she had a car", because we use "have got" only in present simple verb form. 

14 Mar 2010     


The meanings of the two short sentences as follows:

number one:  She said she has a car             Meaning she has a car now.  (Present)

number two:  She said she had a car             Meaning she did have a car.  (Past)


14 Mar 2010     


I � ll have to agree with Libertybelle and, consequently, with banska bystrica. If you want to keep the meaning of the sentence, choose answer (2). Cheers!

14 Mar 2010     

Czech Republic

Hey redbull, are you sure about the correctness of your second explanation? Tongue

14 Mar 2010     

Bruna Dutra

If it was correct and the reported speech was about the woman not having a car anymore, it would be:

WOMAN: I had a car (but not anymore)
REPORTED: She said she had had a car.

In the sentence "She said she had a car", in correct grammar means she said she has one, in Direct Speech.

Banska explanation of HAVE GOT only having a present form is correct.
The right option would be n� 2, in my opinion.


14 Mar 2010     


I agree with Banska and Liberty � answer.

I don �t think Redbull �s examples and explanation are 100% correct.  In reported speech, it should be:

1. She always says "I have a car" => She always says she HAS a car (the first verb is in present simple form so the second verb remains its tense in direct speech)

2. She said "I have a car" => She said she HAD a car (the first verb is now in past simple form).


14 Mar 2010