Mona told me that she........ the room after she had had her breakfast.            (cleaned_had cleaned_is going to clean_was going to clean).                       Myself, there are two correct options. 

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Hi, Wael,

Wael Shaltoot posted:

Mona told me that she........ the room after she had had her breakfast.            (cleaned_had cleaned_is going to clean_was going to clean).                       Myself, there are two correct options. 

Yes, there are two possible answers here depending on the original sentence. If the original sentence is: 'I am going to clean the room after I have had my breakfast', then 'was going to clean' is the correct choice. If the original sentence is: 'I cleaned the room after I had had my breakfast', then 'cleaned' is the correct choice.

ahmed_btm posted:

If the original sentence is: 'I cleaned the room after I had had my breakfast', then 'cleaned' is the correct choice.

Wouldn't "had cleaned" be the right choice in that case, Ahmed?

- Mona told me that she had cleaned the room after she had had her breakfast. 

Hi, Gustavo, 

Gustavo, Contributor posted:
ahmed_btm posted:

If the original sentence is: 'I cleaned the room after I had had my breakfast', then 'cleaned' is the correct choice.

Wouldn't "had cleaned" be the right choice in that case, Ahmed?

- Mona told me that she had cleaned the room after she had had her breakfast. 

Yes, you are right that 'had cleaned' is a third possible answer here. In fact, I normally don't backshift in time clauses because this sometimes causes confusion.  Above all, we don't backshift in time clauses in our exams. This is part of "A Practical English Grammar" Fourth Edition page 271:

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In written English past tenses usually do change to past perfect but there are the following exceptions:
1. Past / Past continuous tenses in time clauses don't normally change:
- He said, "When we were living / lived in paris ....: =
He said that when they were living ...."
The main verb of such sentences can either remain unchanged or become the past perfect:
- He said, "When we were living / lived in Paris, we often saw Paul."
- He said that when they were living / livedin Paris, they often saw / had seen Paul.




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