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Time expressions

In reported speech we change Tomorrow to the day later or after the following or next day What about in 4 days 4 days later of after and the following 4 days or the next 4 days?
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Time conjunctions reported speech

My book says that we don't have to report sentences after time conjunctions like after, when, as long as even if they aren't true anymore. Examples I'm happy as long as you work. He said he was ...
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Time changes in reported speech

Context it's Monday I will do it today Now it's Friday I want to report this setnce He said he would do it that day Ok. That's fine but "that day" it's not specific we don't know when ...
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Reported speech11

1 "I am going" she said If I want to report that sentence using a verb in past simple " said" I can choose if I want to backshift tenses or not ( obviously it is also omportant ...
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I will do it in 5 days / in 2 weeks How do we report these time expressions in indirect speech? He said he would it - what now? My grammar books says that I should say 5 days later or 2 weeks later ...
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What is the correct reported speech for - She said to me, "When are we going to leave?"

What is the correct reported speech for She said to me, "When are we going to leave?" Is it: A) She asked me when they were going to leave. B) She asked me when we were going to leave. ...
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Confusing conversion from direct speech to indirect speech

Convert this sentence to indirect speech- “The concert starts at 7 PM,” they informed us. I believe that the potential answers are- They informed us that the concert started at 7 PM. They informed ...
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Reporting sentences

Reported speech She said that she's going there She said that she was going there Both sentences are fine. 1 is used when something is still true. 2 might still be true or not. Can we do the same ...
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Reported Speech Time Expression

[Direct speech] We can change the environmental campaign next year? How should this sentence be written in reported speech? A: He is saying they can change the environmental campaign next year. B: ...
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You would say that sam has run/ran/had run a red light

John: What does "running a red light" mean? (1) Sam: If I were to drive past a red traffic light without stopping, you would say, "Sam has run a red light". (2) Sam: If I were to ...
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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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Should "before getting" be changed to past tense when converting to reported speech?

The salesman said, "You need to fill in this form before getting the exchange." Convert this into reported speech I am very confused if 'before getting...' will also be converted to past ...
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What is direct speech form of these sentences? 1. He asked me if I had come by train or by bus 2. She wanted to know who we had invited to the party [closed]

He asked me if I had come by train or by bus She wanted to know who we had invited to the party I Know the basics about direct and indirect speech. But I doubt if my answers are correct. I'm new to ...
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Convert the following to reported speech [closed]

For this question, does the part "apologize..glass" need to remain in present tense or do we switch it to past tense? Complete the sentence by correctly reporting Sam’s advice to Marilyn: ...
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I asked who the winner was. OR I asked who the winner had been

I said, "Who was the winner". (Direct) which would be the correct reported speech for the above direct speech? and WHY? I asked who the winner was. OR I asked who the winner had been. (...
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Should I change 'next time' to 'the next time' in reported speech?

In my textbook there's an exercise requiring you to convert direct speech to reported speech. Here are two of the direct sentences: 'I'll pick you up next time.' 'Please, give me another chance next ...
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"He thought his sister was/had been playing with his toys when he wasn't there"

Which of (1) and (2) is (or are) “correct”, and when and why? Yesterday Rachel said that she was practicing dancing two days ago. Yesterday Rachel said that she had been practicing dancing two days ...
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The usage of Reported Speech [duplicate]

“I will do it” He said he would do it He said he will do it My question is when can I use these two versions, 1 and 2. In which situations is it correct to use version 1 or version 2? In other ...
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Reported speech for "Let's go out for a walk."

She said to me, "Let's go out for a walk." She suggested [proposed] to me that we (should) go out for a walk. (source) Is the second sentence a correct reported speech version of the first ...
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A past version of "for now" in reported speech

She said to me, "Let's just stay focused on this issue for now." Question: How would you convert this sentence into a reported speech sentence? I don't know what I should convert for now ...
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A phrase meaning "by now" in reported speech

(1) Brian said to me, "Karen should be home by now." (2) Brian told me that Karen should be home by then. Question: How would you convert (1) into a reported speech sentence? My intuition is ...
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The differences between the reporting clause and the reported clause

As the title says, I am quite confused about the reporting clause and the reported clause. What are the characters and different uses, and how do I identify which clause belongs to the reporting ...
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Said + (to me) in Reported Speech

Group A He said he would be late. He said to me he would late. Group B (as in a request) He said to open the door. He said to me to open the door. As I understand it, the second sentence in ...
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Without context, is there any difference between "had been cancelled" and "was cancelled"?

I have an example sentence that goes like this: I rang the station, and they told me that the train had been cancelled. Is there any difference between that sentence and: I rang the station, and ...
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the robber attacked/the robber had attacked

I was taking a test and the test said that 1 is correct. I wonder why 2 is considered wrong (according to the opinion of the author). Is 2 wrong? 1 She said that the robber attacked her when she was ...
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Inconsistent use of backshifting in a reported speech paragraph

Flow, he argued, was a state of mind, a level of concentration in which outside stimuli, even time itself, seem to fall away. But flow, he added, cannot be forced. nytimes The backshifting for ...
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Why does Obi-Wan use 'were' in "He wanted you to have it when you were old enough"?

It's a phrase in Star Wars by Obi-Wan Kenobi: "He wanted you to have it when you were old enough." Why did he use the word "were" instead of "will be"? (Regardless of the ...
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Indirect speech - correct? - "She said he might have missed his train"

I have some doubts as to whether the sentence of the title is correct. The direct speech reads: She says, "he may have missed his train." In my opinion the indirect speech has to be: She ...
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When to use past tense after reported speech and when to use present tense after it? [duplicate]

He said that he had visited Paris last year. She said that she is currently working on a new project.
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Reported speech in a sentence with many clauses

When I started learning French, I thought if I lived in Paris, I could speak French fluently. How to report it? I said that when I started learning French, I thought if I lived in Paris, I could ...
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till/if in the reported speech in the past

He had been following us till we reached our house. She said that he had been following them till they reached their house. or She said that he had been following them till they had reached their ...
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Reported speech more than 2 verbs in the past

How can I report this sentence: "I thought u wanted to dance" He told me :he had thought I had wanted to dance Or He told me :he had thought I wanted to dance Which one?
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Present tense after past tense in long reported speech

Is it correct to use present tense clause in reported speech once we are done using past tense clause? The CJI said since the Places of Worship Act was in operation, it would be open for parties ...
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What stuctures can I use after "warn"?

"Don't put any personal information online", our IT teacher said. Our IT teacher warned us against putting personal information online. Our IT teacher warned us not to put any personal ...
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He didn't know that Chatgpt "can" write an article - If the statement is a true thing it doesn't have to be shifted back to past tense?

‎Example 1 He didn't know that Chatgpt "can/could" write an article. Example 2 He didn't think that Chatgpt "can/could" write an article. Are both of them correct English? because ...
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Reported speech within conditionals - to backshift or not?

I might be very wrong in what I'm about to ask, so sorry in advance. Imagine someone says to you: I like cats. Now you want to report what they said to some other guy/gal but with an added twist - ...
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Changing from are to were in reported speech [duplicate]

The tv anchor said "Roads are crowded during peak hours" When changing this to reported speech does the tense change i,e does "roads are" change to "roads were"?
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How to change into indirect speech " She said to me, Where were you living before you came here?"

Do you think I am supposed to change the second part of the sentence as well which is " before I came here"? Is this correct way to say, She asked me where I had been living before I came ...
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Before she became queen, she had always said that she had not wanted to marry. - Indirect reported speech

This is about indirect reported speech: Before she became queen, she had always said that she does not want to marry. Looks logical to me (since the time has already been introduced with past perfect)...
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Indirect narration [closed]

What is the indirect narration of " he said,'Good morning John.'" Whether it is "he wished john good morning" or "he greeted john good morning." Which one is correct.?
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Reported speech (Would vs Would have)

For the sentence - The rock star asked me, "Would you sing the song with me? Would the reported speech be - (a) The rock star asked me if I would sing the song with him. OR (b) The rock star ...
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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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Choosing between two possible 'translations' to reported speech [closed]

Once ago I was trying to translate a quote into reported speech, I don't remember the exact words but was something like: He said: "I started to listen the people around me. That was what has ...
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Position of ‘was’ in reported speech

Let’s say someone I know visited a doctor. Do the following sentences mean the same? What did the doctor say the problem was? What did the doctor say was the problem? I am pretty sure the first one ...
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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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How to change Conditional sentence of Present unreal into reported speech

How to change Conditional sentence of Present unreal into reported speech. I have an example : “If the weather is fine, I will go on a picnic with my friends,” she said. As I read the answer key, the ...
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Indirect of live ,if i still live in that place

direct : she said to him, "where do you live ?" indirect : she asked him where he lived. does this mean, he does not live there anymore but used to live in the past. indirect : she asked ...
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Why is it ".....before any help would arrive" but not ".......before any help arrived."

This is from the BBC about a story in which a fisherman fell off the boat into sea and was finally saved. The sentence tells about his first thoughts when he fell off into the sea: I thought I would ...
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I asked if she knew French.(I asked if she knows French)

I asked if she knew French. vs. I asked if she knows French. If you are a native English speaker, which sentence would you say? Or is there any difference between them?
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Indirect speech in future

Can you please explain use of the future tense in this sentences: What time did Amy say she was coming? I think she said she will be coming at 8 o'clock Why we use Past Perfect in the question and ...
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