I wanted to tell Natalie I will / would miss her so much (Reported speech)

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theol

Senior Member
Japanese
Natalie, I will miss you so much after taking different career paths.
I want to use reported speech in the sentence above.

1. I wanted to tell Natalie I will miss her so much after taking different career paths.
2. I wanted to tell Natalie I would miss her so much after taking different career paths.

Which one is correct?
Thanks in advance.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "After taking different career paths" is not correct in that sentence; an alternative would be "as we take different career paths." I would use "I will miss her" unless you are talking about a separation that happened long ago.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree totally with Newt. But just in terms of whether to use will or would, you can use would whenever you say it, but you can only use will if the different career paths have not yet been taken. As soon as that happens, will (denoting the future) no longer makes sense.
     

    JJXR

    Senior Member
    Russian
    If "would" is used, everything has to be in the past tense:

    I wanted to tell Natalie I would miss her so much as we took different career paths.

    Is this correct?
     
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