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Definition of backshift noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

backshift

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈbækʃɪft//
 
[uncountable] (linguistics)
 
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the changing of a tense when reporting what someone said, for example when reporting the words “What are you doing?” as “He asked me what Iwas doing.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: backshift