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single27-Nov-2016hypothetical questionLindaH 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 Survey Qualifier
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.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
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.
posted 5-Jan-2017 11:08am  
He said he was going to the creek.

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