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Which of the following sentences is indirect speech, direct speech, free indirect speech?

The next morning, when the alarm went off, he wanted to keep his eyes closed and keep on with the dream he was having. Something about a farmhouse. And there was a waterfall in there, too. Someone, he ...
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Did he really say "What's your weight?"? [intonation]

Did he really say "What's your weight?"? What an impolite question! What intonation should I use at the end of the first sentence? The first sentence is not a wh-question while "What's ...
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"But, says Pal, the associate professor, the people … are …" — If "says Pal + speech" is correct, is the small sentence "Said Tom, 'Hi.'" correct too?

I didn't know we can apply inversion in front of direct speech. I thought we can do it only after it. (e.g.: 'Hi,' Tom said. → 'Hi,' said Tom.) But here's the text: wired.co.uk: The next year’s ...
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Is 'asked A of B' correct?

Consider the following sentence I wrote myself: "If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?" asked Hiranyakashyap of Prahlad. Is this correct? Or should I ...
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He says/is saying that he has or had a dog". He asks me, what I am or what i was eating" [duplicate]

"He says/is saying that he has a dog" (but we cannot say, he says/is saying that he had a dog) "He asks me what i am eating"(but we cannot say, He asks me what i was eating) My ...
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Punctuation before quoted speech after transitive speech verb

Which is the more correct way to write this: "I heard you don't like noodles." He suggested, "you should get the soup." "I heard you don't like noodles." He suggested: &...
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john said, "David must go tomorrow." would the indirect form be John said that David must have gone the following day?

john said, "David must go tomorrow." would the indirect form be John declared that David must have gone the following day ? or would it be: john said that David would have to go the ...
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What is indirect form of: he said, "If I were you, I would protest."

What is indirect form of: He said, "If I were you, I would protest." I think the answer is: If he had been I, he would have protested Can it also be: If he had been me instead of I or ...
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change to indirect "I shall be in Geneva on Monday" he said

change to indirect "I shall be in Geneva on Monday" he said. I think it should be : he said that he would be in Geneva on Monday. but the other options confusing me are: A) He told that ...
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Changing simple present direct speech into indirect speech

Consider the following direct speech: He said, "she is an intelligent student". I want to change it into indirect speech and I don't know which tense to use for the subordinate clause: He ...
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Why is there a comma in "'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought"?

This is a sentence from a story I was reading: 'I'd like to be as rich as Marco,' he thought. Why is a comma used after the word 'Marco'? Can you please explain the grammar behind that?
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There's no proof of what {you're saying/you said/you say} - which tense is correct?

What tense should I use in this case? Let's say that John and Paul are having a conversation. John claims to know something. Paul doesn't believe him. Which of the following answers is the most ...
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Jacob said to Jane, "I was absolutely furious." What will be the answer in indirect speech?

Jacob said to Jane, “I was absolutely furious.” What will be the answer in indirect speech? Rule says ‘was’ (simple past) will be converted to past perfect. According to this rule the answer will be ...
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Are the sentences in quotations marks objects of verbs of the main sentences?

Harvold, who has not passed his driving test, said, 'I realized the bus was out of control when I was speaking to the students on the microphone.' 'We hit a barrier and swerved to the other side of ...
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Direct and reported/indirect Speech

Direct Speech: She said to me, "I was thinking of helping him but changed my mind later on" What is the correct indirect form?? a) She told me that she had been thinking of helping him but ...
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Why is "here" changed into "there" when converting this sentence into direct speech?

I have two questions about reported. First I came across such a sentence which I needed to transform from reported speech in direct speech. Jack told me that he would be here at seven. That's what I ...
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"He/Peter said" vs. "Said he/Peter"

We often see "said he/Peter" or "he/Peter said" after the direct speech : "Your information is out of date" he said. "Your information is out of date" said he. "Your information is out of date" Peter ...
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Understanding change of speech

in the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct ...
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"Indirect form" of the sentence

Direct: John said, "Do you know if Tom plays cricket." Indirect: John asked me if I know if Tom plays cricket. Is it correct grammartically and in terms of spoken English? Thanks in advance.
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Indirect Speech of an exclamation

Here is the given direct speech: The old man said to his son, “Fie! You are such a coward.” Here are the four possible ways for the indirect speech version: a. The old man cried out in ...
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Should I use 'Told' instead of 'Said' in the following Indirect Narration Speech?

My classmate said to me,"Good morning,You have finished your homework". My classmate wished me good morning and told me/said that I had finished my homework. which is appropriate to be used?
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Is a comma necessary after these speech tags?

'Hello,' said Peter, with a smile on his face. 'Hello,' replied John, as he closed the book. Are the commas after "Peter" and "John" correct? Are there differences between British and American ...
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Nuance between said to him/told him

Imperative: She said to him "Buy milk" Infinitive: She told him to buy milk. Couldn't it have been, She said to him to buy milk Although said to him doesn't sound ungrammatical, it doesn't sound ...
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"Where my sister was" vs. "Where was my sister"

He asked me: Where my sister was. or He asked me: Where was my sister. Are both correct? If one of them is not correct, what is the reason for that?
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The relation between direct and indirect speech

‘Mary, I want to take you out to dinner,’ he had lied, to break the frost. I would like to know what is the syntactic relation between the direct and indirect speech - whether there is any kind of ...
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Converting Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - "Our" to "Their"

Today, my teacher gave me a few rules on changing direct speech to indirect speech. One of the rules was - 1) Change pronouns - "Our" changes to "Their". After this I was given an exercise. I was ...
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Should the word "the" be capital or small after quotations?

“Do I have cancer?” The patient asked or "Do I have cancer?" the patient asked Should the word "the" be capital or small in this context?
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Expressing of two parallels events using past tense and direct speech

I have a question about advanced grammar, after my great previous experience here. Simply saying, I want to express that a guy is desperate, feeling under pressure and bad that someone is accusing him ...
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How to punctuate a phone call interrupted by transmission glitches?

As an example, 'Hi, it's John. (glitch) are you? Listen, I'm having a party (glitch) week and would like you to come over.' I would like to know in what ways (I'm sure there are more than one) ...
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Word order right after direct speech

“Why do you think it was him?” Mary asked. “Why do you think it was him?” asked Mary. Since both options are common in books, I’m sure they both are perfectly correct in terms of grammar. But is ...
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Do I need a comma for this quotation?

Do I need a comma before the quotation, or can I write without it? This is the sentence: Someone, not so long ago said, “Simply put: If you’re doing business with the biggest companies in the world,...
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What is the bade meaning in direct speech said or wished.?

Indirect speech :He bade his love good bye. A) He wished his love ,"Goodbye." or B)He said , " Goodbye my love."
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"May" versus "might"

Direct speech: "You may borrow my car for a day." I would like to convert this to indirect speech. Which option is more appropriate? A) He permitted to borrow his car for a day. or B) He told ...
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Using Verb in past tense with 'had better' in indirect narration

This sentence is from an direct to indirect narration conversion exercise. As you can see the exercise has marked C as correct answer but I suspect it to be wrong as I never came across any sentence ...
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Punctuation in direct speech (?) when you're not quoting anyone

Sorry, the question was pretty much confusing at best. Rather then editing it I decided to rephrase it from scratch. There are times when you're not quoting a person (or a book). Let me borrow a ...
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Any possibility for simplified punctuation in direct speech?

Not sure I'm asking about direct speech here, though. Consider the sentence: And then I thought, why do I even need this? I believe I run into sentences like this occasionally. The correct way ...
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Changing reported speech into direct speech

The boy pleaded that he had not stolen the book. The Options given are The boy said "I don't steal the book".  The boy said "I didn't steal the book".  The boy said "I haven't stolen the ...
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Imperative in reported speech

I've been told that I should use simple past in reported speech when the direct speech is in simple present such as I **am** the best ~> He said he **was** the best but what happens for ...
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conversion of direct indirect speech having "let me..."

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.
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Direct To Indirect Speech : Conversion of 'do'?

I was practicing direct to indirect conversion, when I saw something peculiar in the sentences. Consider the sentence given below - 1) He said to me, "Where do you live?". I considered various ...
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Using comma before quotation without any speech verbs

I was browsing this WritingPrompt and stumbled upon this: The bartender put a palm on his waist, "Say what?" As seen from the above, before the dialogue, there are no speech/writing/thinking verbs ...
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After quotation, is putting "spoke" instead of "said" still grammatically correct?

For example: "She's upstairs," said Tom. What if spoke is put in the place of said? Meaning: "She's upstairs," spoke Tom. I haven't seen anything like that in books or anywhere really, but is ...
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"boomed the headlines" in the middle of two quoted sentences?

How should I parse the bold part of sentence? "Tall people more likely to get cancer", boomed the headlines, "Higher cancer risk for tall people". Source: Am I more likely to get cancer because I'...
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She said to the Headmistress,"Madam, forgive me my fault and let me appear at the exam"

She said to the Headmistress,"Madam, forgive me my fault and let me appear at the exam". How can I change this sentence into Indirect speech? Is it difficult to change a sentence into indirect speech?...
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Direct and indirect speech

Have I changed the direct speech into indirect correctly? Direct: He said,"If I had a pen,I could write the answer." Indirect: He said if he had had a pen,he could have written the answer." ...
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"Message/letter was read?" - Sentence help!

I am writing an essay and it needs to be in formal language, I am referring to a letter/message and I am supposed to quote it for the readers, but before jumping right into quoting that letter, I like ...
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Indirect speech of Imperative and Interrogative sentence

1 Direct speech: He said to me,"will you please help me? Answer 1: He requested me to help him. Answer 2: He asked me if I would help him. Which one is correct? I am confused if we consider first ...
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Usage of "General direction"

I heard this in a Monty Pythons sketch ("I fart in your general direction") and I understood its meaning, but I can't quite understand the "General" part of it. Does it mean that it isn't a perfect ...
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Change of speech "future tense"

1 Direct speech: He said,"I shall unlock the secrets of their success". Indirect speech(book answer): He said that he should unlock the secrets of their success. Indirect speech(my answer): ...
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Indirect Speech: Change of this

1: direct speech: He said to the judge," I did not commit this crime. Indirect speech(book answer): He told the judge that he had not committed the crime. Here book changes this into the. In many ...
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