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I want to know what will be the direct speech of this sentence. Also what are travelling and willing? are they continuous form or gerund?

She asked if anyone travelling to India would be willing to carry the bag along.

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"Is there anyone (who is) traveling to India (who) would be willing to carry the bag along?"

-who is traveling to India is a restrictive relative clause which is functioning as an adjectival modifying the antecedent anyone. Since the antecedent is the subject of the main clause it may be reduced to the gerund phrase by dropping the relative pronoun and "be":

traveling to India

-who would be willing to carry the bag along is another restrictive clause and as it also modifies the subject may also drop the relative pronoun who and the verb "be":

willing to carry the bag along

The original sentence could have been:

"Is there anyone traveling to India willing to carry a bag along?"

or (more formal)

"Is there anyone who is traveling to India who would be willing to carry a bag along?"

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  • Is there anyone kidnapped by orcs who needs a helping hand? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 15 '16 at 11:58
  • @TRomano I'm not sure. What have the Trolls been saying? – Cascabel Apr 15 '16 at 19:08
  • Or "Would anyone travelling to India be willing to carry a bag along?" (although this use of "along" sounds odd to me - I'd say "with them" instead, or maybe even omit it altogether). – rjpond Nov 2 '17 at 8:33

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