Had a Skype two evenings ago with my old mate over in Russia and he had a question a colleague had asked him.
[18:53:37] J said, “I love Mary” = J said that he loved M.
[18:54:44] J said, “I loved M.” = J said that he had loved M.
[18:55:56] J said: “I will love M forever.” = J said that he would love M forever.
[18:58:33] J said, “I hate football”. “I told him that I hate/hated football.”
[19:07:44] The teacher said: “Water boils at 100C.” The teacher said that water boils/boiled at 100C.”
Let’s run this as this evening’s quiz. Which of the variants in bold is correct above? And is there a rule?