Definition of backshift noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbækʃɪft//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbækʃɪft//
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the changing of a tense when reporting what somebody said, for example when reporting the words ‘What are you doing?’ as ‘He asked me what I was doing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: backshift