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We asked him what was his name - reported speech

Is the following sentence incorrect? We asked him what was his name. Should I put the verb after the subject because I'm using reported speech (ie We asked him what his name was) ?
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What is the correct way to refer to future that is spoken about in the past?

I want to talk about a moment in the future that I though about in the past. Is any of these sentences correct and why? I thought we might become more than just friends in the far future, when our ...
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They asked me where I live. Is that question correct?

I know in reported speech we have to change the present simple to the past simple but this question really makes me wonder if I can write it like They asked me where I live. Since it's something ...
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Meaning of had better

I have to convert the following sentence into its imquoted indirect form for narration. "You'd better leave the dog alone," the man said. Which one of the following two is correct? The man ...
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“This” vs. “That” in reported speech

1- Let's suppose that Mary is saying this on September 2019, and I'm reporting her words in November of the same year; can I keep (this winter) in the reported speech, or should I stick to the rule ...
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What do they vs What they

I wonder ____________. ---Pandas. A. what do they call these animals. B. what they call these animals. C. what they do call these animals. I guess if it is a personal conversation, it would be "...
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“If he were” or “if he would be”?

Direct: He said, "If I were a bird!" Indirect: ***** He wished that he would be a bird. OR ***** He wished that he were a bird. I'm confused whether the former or the latter is correct. ...
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How a sequence of sentences is reported?

For example this. Jack: Federer will play against Nadal today. That will be their 4th meeting on grass. Federer will probably win. How that is reported? Jack said that Federer would play ...
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Correct tense with reported speech?

From a multiple choice question in my English assignment: He will probably want to know if you A. will have been drinking B. didn't drink C. had drunk D. have been drinking I heard ...
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Is this sentence rewritten correctly?

"What do you usually do on Fridays?" she asked. I have to rewrite this sentence using did. She wanted to know what I usually did on Fridays. Is this sentence correct?
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Reported Speech for thinking about past

We use would have past participal for hypothetical/imagination sentences. Do we need to use them in a reported speech? Direct:(Talking to myself) Probably this would be the last time I am here. ...
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Converting “Give my best to Alex” into indirect speech

Suppose somebody told me: "Give my best to Alex". How do I convey this to Alex (i.e., transform into indirect speech)? I think something like "Sue gave her best to you" would be okay, but when I ...
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How do I write this sentence in reported speech?

Jason doesn't like reading so he won't study literature . How will it go ? Will it be : He said Jason didn't like reading so he won't study literature . Thank you in advance
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Past simple in reported speech

In the following sentence, both “spoke” and “was” are in past simple. The first language I spoke was Japanese” The solution I came up with is: She said that the first language she had spoken was ...
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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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What should be the tense in this reported speech? [closed]

How to make this sentence better: I said to him that if he wanted to say something,now would be the good time
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Reported speech structure

Direct speech: 'I am your English teacher' said Mr. James Reported speech: Mr. James said that he was our English teacher. My understanding of the reported sentences is that Mr. James was a ...
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Reported speech sentence

The sentence goes: If you do not do it by Friday, you will be punished. What is the reported speech of the above sentence please? Is it: She said if I did not do it by Friday I would be punished She ...
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Reported speech long sentence

I'm having trouble transforming this sentence into reported speech. She asked : " What was the last place you went to four days ago with this girl ? " Following the basic rules, I would say it ...
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'tell me what I should do' vs 'tell me what should I do' [duplicate]

These are questions and with questions you put the verb first and then the pronoun. For example: Affirmative : You can. Question: Can you? But sometimes when speaking I hear people not applying ...
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Direct speech to Indirect speech

A man says, " May I drop you there in my car?" Convert the above sentence to reported speech. Is the following a correct attempt? A man asked if he might drop somebody there in his car. Not a ...
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About Reported Speech

we were doing direct indirect speech and there was a sentence : Stop what u were doing and listen to me I choosed this variant but my teacher said it has to be Stop what u were doing and ...
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How to change a reported speech into a direct speech, in Magic's song 'Rude'

In the words of Magic's song "Rude" there is a following sentench. You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die. Which will be correct, if this sentence is put into direct speech? (a) You ...
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How to use 'I learned that if I faced' in its reported-speech kind of context

It is said that in reported speech, verbs tense will change. Also, when using 'if', verb tenses change. So what is the correct form of the below sentence? I learned that if I faced another question ...
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How to report your status? [closed]

I'm working in IT company and here we have daily standup meetings where people report theirs statuses to the customer. I'm trying to improve my team's reports quality by collecting good sentence ...
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is this example a reported speech and why no backshifting

When my mum asked me, why I "was getting" bad marks at school last year. direct speech "Why were you getting bad marks last year" so reported speech should be "why had you been getting bad marks ...
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How do I write the following using reported speech? [duplicate]

How do I write the following using reported speech? Enviamos las solicitudes de las becas para que la dirección de becas reconsiderara los requerimientos pero el director de becas rechazo las ...
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sentences in reported speech [closed]

How to rewrite each of the sentences in reported speech? "what time does the post office open on a Saturday?" [asked bob / bob asked] "what did you say to the policeman when he stopped you?" [asked ...
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Is “let” a modal?

Must the verb that follow let always be an infinitive regardless of the context, even in a reported speech? For example, He told us to let him saw her one last time. Is that correct?
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How to tell someone that the boss told me to tell them to call the boss?

The situation is my boss said to me to inform Person1 to call the boss. He said to me that he wants you to call him. Is this correct? Or can say like He wants you to call me. I prefer to ...
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You may leave the room,how can we report it

How could we report "You may leave the room"Teacher said Can we report it as Teacher gave me the permission to leave the room OR Teacher said to me that I might/could/may leave the room. May,...
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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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Difference Had been Twins and Were Twins

What is the meaning of below sentence ? a) I asked if he and my father had been twins. Does it mean b) I asked if he and my father were twins. If Yes , then when to use a) and when b) ?
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Tense in imperative sentence

My question is :The officer said to the peon ,"Let the boy come in". Its indirect speech: Option 1-The officer ordered the peon to let the boy come in. or ...
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Which one is the correct form of reported speech for the following sentence?

Which one is the correct form of reported speech for the following sentence? why? "When were you born?", he asked him. => 1- He asked him when he had been born. 2- He asked him when he was born....
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Reporting a sentence with an 'if' condition

If someone said, for example, "I will not cry if I lose" how could I report their speech correctly? He said he wouldn't cry if he ... (loses or lost ?) The same question about another sentence: ...
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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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“Have” or “had” in “She told them to raise their hands if they HAVE a question”?

My problem is regarding indirect speech. She told them to raise their hands if they have a question. Is this sentence grammatically wrong? If this sentence is correct, is there basis or evidence? ...
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What is the correct and more-native position of the word 'are' in the following sentences?

What is the correct and more-native position of the word 'are' in the following sentences? *someone asked me what are my plans for halloween *someone asked me what my plans for halloween are
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Changing to indirect speech without affecting the meaning

I'm trying to convert these two sentences into indirect speech. I tried not to distort the meaning, but the results sound unnatural. Could anyone provide any better solutions? "Is that the doorbell?...
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Time Reference in Reported Speech?

I quote what is written down in bold from a grammar book: "Time reference changes when we use reported speech. For example: Anne said, ‘I’m going swimming this afternoon.’ ➟ Anne told me that she was ...
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“she was raped” or “she had been raped” in this reported speech

A) A 21 year old girl studying in Vidynagar alleged that she was raped by a boy in a hotel in the city on August 23. Based on above complaint police arrested accuse. B) A 21 year old girl ...
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Are both of these sentences correct?

I have to transform the following sentence into indirect speech: 'I haven't got any money',he said My transformation is : He said he hadn't got any money. The answer key only lists He said ...
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Past simple for a reported speech still true

Jenny said she had a problem with the modern world The original sentence said by Jenny was "I have a problem with the modern world." This is true when Jenny said it but when it is reported is it ...
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Why is “will” used instead of “would” in “He said he will do everything in his power…”?

He said he will do everything in his power to make sure the problems is not repeated. Source: VOA Standard English, 0516-2013 Why the bold words are not "would" and "were"? The speaker ...
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Change possible habitual actions to indirect speech

Hi I recently took an exam but got one wrong. However, I think that I'm right and the answer could be wrong. The question The elephant asked, "Mr. Crocodile, will you tell me what you have for ...
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Reported Speech for simple past, Simple past or past perfect?

A dead body was found and neighbors informed the police about it. How to construct Sentence in Reported speech. a) Police Said that neighbors informed them that the body had been found on the ...
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Indirect speech: If Pres.Perf. becomes Past Perf. and Past Simple also becomes Past Perf. What was in direct sentence?

Could you please help me to realize the reverse operation. If Pres.Perf. becomes Past Perf. and Past Simple also becomes Past Perf. how can I define what was in direct speech? For example: Indirect ...
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Past continuous in reported speech

I am confused with present continous tense in reported speech do we need backshifting or not ? and if we do backshifting should we backshift the second part of the sentences? ( "when" part ) He said ‘...