He said, "Let me ask you a question."

How can be this sentence be converted to indirect speech? Should it be:

He said that he should ask me a question.

  • He said he should be allowed to ask me a question. let = allow
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


He said, "Let me ask you a question."

let is asking for permission to do something- a request.

According to the Oxford Guide to English Grammar, section 270.1.a, we represent requests in reported speech by using ask + object + to-infinitive:

He asked me to let him ask me a question.

That could probably be said more clearly in other words, but it is an exact reported speech version of the original sentence.


let + object pronoun often expresses a suggestion or command.
You can use should or ought to to make the reported speech and suggest for the reporting verb:

He suggested that he should/ought to ask me a question.

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