How can I change these sentences to direct speech?

He told me he had seen Charlie the day before.
He said you wanted to have lunch with him the following day.

  • 1
    The most likely versions are probably He said "I saw Charlie yesterday" and He said "Axia wants to have lunch with me tomorrow". But there's quite a lot of potential ambiguity involved - your first example could be a perfectly valid way of converting something like The day before, he said "I have seen Charlie" to direct speech. The second case is even more ambiguous (we don't know whether him refers to the speaker or to some other third party, as well as not knowing whether the following day refers to time of lunching or speaking). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 14 '15 at 15:12
  • He said, "I saw Charlie yesterday". He said to you, " You want to have lunch with me tomorrow". – Khan Oct 15 '15 at 16:25
  • He said, "I saw Charlie yesterday".

  • He said, "He/She wants to have lunch with me tomorrow".

He/she refers to the participant who gets it told. The day before turns to yesterday, and the following day turns to tomorrow. Tenses are shifted one step towards future tense because of past tense in he said.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.