Is it correct to say "I heard this riddle is [meaning can be] solved in many ways"? Or it should be "was solved"
The "thumbs down" doesn’t mean that something is wrong – simply that it’s not a good idea, not what a native English-speaker would say. But I would concede that my list should have included: I heard [that] this riddle was solvable in many waysCan you explain why "was solved" is unacceptable? Since it seems to be grammatical, simply the passive form
I do not see anything wrong with this, other than the meaning is closer to, as you say:"I heard this riddle is [meaning can be] solved in many ways"?
i.e. the active version of the verb: "I heard that people solve this riddle in many ways." The style is a little dramatic/literary but it is a valid option.Someone, people solve it
Why do you think that? I saidWhat about the tense in the second part of "I heard this riddle is solved in many ways"? Shouldn't it be switched to past too?
So why would you think that "is" should become "was"?I do not see anything wrong with this,
A lot of students are taught that "backshifting" the tense in reported speech, always happens... this is not true. In ""I heard this riddle is solved in many ways" is is used because people, in the present, still solve (present) it in many ways.I think in reported speech it would be switched to the past tense
But the same thing could be with "I thought" and "I/he said", couldn't it? Is it because there is no "action" in the verb "hear"? Or because "solving in many ways" is kind of independent from "hearing", unlike "thinking" and "saying"?In ""I heard this riddle is solved in many ways" is is used because people, in the present, still solve (present) it in many ways