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single27-Nov-2016hypothetical questionLindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator by votes23156.5%


How would you be most likely to answer this question?

Someone tells you he's going to the creek, but you aren't 100% sure that's where he went. Later, another person asks you where he went.

16He said he was going to the creek.
3He said he was going to the creek, but I don't know if that's where he is.
2I don't know where he went.
1He went to the creek.

posted 27-Nov-2016 10:09pm  
He said he was going to the creek
posted 28-Nov-2016 12:24am  
I'd just say 'He said he was going to the creek', or, if the occasion demanded it, the fourth option.
posted 28-Nov-2016 5:15am  
Do I have solid proof that he didn't go to the creek? If not then I would just say, "He said he was going to the creek."
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 28-Nov-2016 2:15pm  
I'd probably say "He said he was going to the creek, but I'm not sure if that's where he really went."
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago)
posted 28-Nov-2016 7:11pm  
Probably, "He said he was going to the creek". I suspect it would vary according to who was asking, who we were talking about, my level of confidence in them going to the creek, and anything I thought they might be at risk of if it happened they were not at the creek.
posted 29-Nov-2016 2:57pm  
Maybe up the creek without their paddle
posted 23-Dec-2016 11:48am  
In this scenario, I'd likely say "He went to the creek". Although I'm not 100%, you haven't provided any reason for me to doubt his word. However, I am very guarded in these sort of statements as a rule, so it is quite common for me to say things like "He said he was going to the creek" in a different context.

For example: If I hear something outrageous on the news and I find it hard to believe, I would say that I heard it on the news, not just say it as though it were true.
gambler Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Jan-2017 11:08am  
He said he was going to the creek.

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