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Sequence of Tenses(時制の一致)...?

What is the difference of meaning between the two sentences?

A) He asked me where I live.
B) He asked me where I lived.

The sentence of B only give you odd feeling?

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Base language: English
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    when you transfere direct speech into indirect you must change tense. In that case, you ought to change present simple to past simple. Second sentense is correct, first is not.

    There are situations when the first sentence may be correct. If somebody talked about a situation that has still not changed a reporter can often choose whether to keep the original speaker's tenses or change them. Both structures are common.
    For example:
    A: - Where do you live? Have you heard me, I asked where do you live?
    Direct: Where does she work?
    Indirect: I've often wondered where she works/worked.
    Direct: It will be windy tomorrow.
    Indirect: The forecast said it will/would be windy tomorrow.
    We do not keep the original speaker's tenses if we don't agree with what he/she said, if are not certain of its truth, or if we wish to make it clear that the information comes from the original speaker, not from ourselves.
    -> The Greeks thought that the sun went round the earth.
    -> Did you hear that? She just said she was fourteen!
    -> He announced that profits were higher than forecast.

    [on the basis of 'Practical English Usage' by Michael Swan] --> a very good book btw ;-)

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