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Reported Speech: switching from present to the past

Below there are two examples using direct speech with two options each. The main question here that I'm taking the action from the present to the past, so I would like to know which answer is better ...
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Change of narration [closed]

What is the indirect speech of the following sentence? "The vendor is creating chaos, with sellers asking, How many kilos of fish were given?"
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Is this change of speech correct?

She said, "I'd like to see it again." I changed its speech into: She said she wanted to see it again. Is this a correct change in speech? Why or why not?
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Converting Direct speech to Indirect speech- if the subject of the reported clause is “You”

I understand this rule that while converting direct speech to indirect speech, if the subject of the reported clause is 'You' then it would convert according to the person of the object of the ...
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The past in the future reported speech

When I'm telling about the future but refering to the past which is not the past yet, which tense should I use? Please, tell me, what you, as a native speaker would use, and what do other people use. ...
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Can you change “I told her to … if …” to “I told her if … to …”?

I told her to take care of the children if anything happens to me. In this sentence, can you move the if-phrase after her? I told her if anything happens to me to take care of the children. (?)
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“He asked how old I was” vs “He asked how I was old”

He asked how old I was vs He asked how I was old Is there any difference between these two sentences? Is the second sentence is grammatically correct or we can use adjectives only after question ...
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Is it right to not change “tomorrow“ into “the next day” when it is indirect speech?

Is that sentence right or it is necessary to change “tomorrow”? He said that he would travel tomorrow. He said that he would travel the next day.
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Confused about reported speech and reporting speech

Look at the following example: David said, “I’m baking a chocolate cake for you.’’ Some says the sentence between the inverted commas is called reporting speech. and some says it reported speech. ...
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“that” in indirect speech

In indirect speech it is more common for the reporting clause to come first. When the reporting clause is first, we don’t put a comma between the reporting clause and the reported clause. She told me ...
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Complex sentences with when and until in reported speech – a problem with back-shift

Could anyone explain to me why, according to the key provided by my teacher, sentences below should be rendered in reported speech with no back-shift of certain verbs: "When I first came here," ...
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How much time does it take to be an English master [closed]

How much time does it take to be an English master I mean how to speak English like your native language and how much time does it take???
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Reported Speech - Backshifting or not?

I've seen a lot of exceptions for the reported speech and I would like to debate and thereby clear the things that are on my mind regarding this subject. I've seen these types of "Rules" of ...
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How to narrate a story or a situation?

When I want to narrate or tell someone about a conversation that I or some people were involved in, it seems wrong to me to represent the participants with, for instance, Sam said...blah blah blah ...
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Direct indirect speech

He said "I am going to India tomorrow". So which one is the correct indirect speech: 1) he said that he was going to India the next day. 2) he said that he would be going to India the next day.
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Changing tense in reported questions

In a book published by Merriam-Webster, the direct question When is she seeing them again? has been changed to a reported question as following: He asked when she would be seeing them again. My ...
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“he told them, but he forgot to…” vs. “he had told them, but he forgot to…”

Should I use past simple or past perfect? (Cloze test) He ____ all students to do it, but he forgot to do so. had told told My friends answered 2. because they think that it is parallel structure ...
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Reported speech: When to not change “was” to “had been”?

Recently, I was studying about reported speech and while thinking about a few "directly" reported constructions came to mind. I'm trying to change those sentences to reported speech. Barbara ...
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Clarifying a quote

I would like to quote a shortened version of the following piece of text. Explicit minimal times have been given for 2D systems (and lower bounds are given in [7] for the heat equation). ...
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The usage of past perfect

Can you please tell me whether or not it is pertinent to use pluperfect tense here: I thought that more time than that had passed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? To give you a context: I ...
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Direct and indirect narration

How to change the following direct sentence into indirect? He said, "I can not help you." The problem I face is that there is no object in the reporting sentence.
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Which tense is correct for a subordinate clause in indirect (reported) speech?

Here are a couple of examples with which I'm struggling. He said that they had been living separately for 2 months before they got divorced (or had got divorced) in June. Should it be either of ...
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How to change reported speech referring to the quality of a person to indirect speech

Direct speech - He said to me, "You are honest." I've read from many sources where this narration is written in indirect speech as... Indirect speech - He told me that I was honest. So as a ...
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“…tell he is coming” vs "…tell he was coming

Didn't Max tell he is coming to class today? or Didn't Max tell he was coming to class today? What's the correct way to ask this and what is the difference of these two?
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Direct speech and indirect speech

Mahesh: What are you doing here? Krishna: I am searching for my rank on the notice book. Change into reported speech
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if the situation has remained the same as the beginning when I report it, is backshift mandatory?

Please do not send them until the other records from the series have come out. if I want to put this sentence in reported speech I told you not send them until the other records from the series ...
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Is it possible in this case not to backshift

I wrote this request to a supplier: Please don't send the order before all records from the series have been out I now want to write: After I ordered both records, I wrote you not to send the ...
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am I obliged to backshift if I believe but am not sure that the situation is still true

"please do not send the parcel until the record(vinyl) has been out" reported speech I told you not to send the parcel until the record had been out This is the message I received, so could the ...
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Grammar narration

What is the perfect answer of this question ? Direct: He said to me "what is your name"? Indirect: He asked me what my name is. This indirect speech is correct or wrong. Please help me providing ...
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“ago” used with a past tense

Alice: "I moved to Rome four years ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Alice: "I moved to Rome long ago." Last year, Alice said she had moved to Rome [...] Would ...
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future in reported speech when reporting verb is in the past

I have read the following sentence: He said he will follow me to the end. AFAIK in reported speech, the future tense is replaced with the conditional tense when the reporting verb is in the past. ...
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Past tense phrase with indirect speech

I am struggling to construct correctly a sentence with an indirect speech describing an event that occured in past and more in past. The manager said he was skeptical initially and he had not ...
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Past simple in specific reported speech

I'm writing a short story for a C2 Creative Writing course, and I couldn't help but come across this question regarding reported speech. My main question is this: consider someone says, "I ate the ...
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“Thank someone for doing something” or “will thank someone to do something”

Mary, "John won't like your interfering his business." =Mary said that John wouldn't thank me for interfering his business (Indirect speech) (1) = Mary said that John wouldn't thank me to interfere ...
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Is the comma in this context grammatical

Russian military officers hacked Democratic servers to steal thousands of emails in 2016, the intelligence community and the special counsel found. Is the comma above grammatical? I think it isn't ...
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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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