Taking the indirect question:

He asked, if she was there.

What would be the direct answer when switching from reported to direct speech in a text?

Tim responded:

"Yes, she is."


"Yes, she was."

(In direct speech, it would be "Is she there?" "Yes, she is")

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    When being quoted, you should write exactly what the person said at that moment; thus "Yes, she is." Jan 2, 2014 at 9:21
  • @DamkerngT. You got it. Better put it as the answer.
    – Maulik V
    Jan 2, 2014 at 10:18

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When we report people's words in direct speech (in quotes), we write exactly what the person said at that moment.

Because you want to report that Tim said "Yes, she is" at that time, you should write:

Tim responded. "Yes, she is."

  • Thanks. I had a discussion with my English teacher about it some time ago and she said the answer and the indirect question should be in the same tens (past simple in this case). I don't remember why. It wasn't convincing, so I asked here.
    – gamag
    Jan 2, 2014 at 15:09

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