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Questions tagged [reported-speech]

For questions about the report of one speaker or writer on the words spoken, written, or thought by someone else.

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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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How do I change the narration in this line of dialogue? [closed]

The line from the dialogue is: Wolf: Why are you making the water muddy now? Don't you see I'm drinking it? Now, I thought it would be like this: Wolf asked why he was making the water muddy ...
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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 ‘...
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How to use Past Perfect correctly in Reported Speech?

Is the below sentence construction is correct using had been? "The homemaker was returning after dropping Siddhesh to school when the bridge had collapsed." This sentence construction seems awkward ...
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The form of 'subject' in indirect speech

Look at these examples below: "Let me come in", He said. If we change it in the indirect speech which of the options is correct and why? a) He requested that he might be allowed to come in. ...
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Reported speech for things not related with communication [closed]

Which of these sentences would be correct? "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness works." Or "Currently we've got no clue how consciousness worked."
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Indirect speech - past tense

I can remember the english class where the claim was: When building indirect speech in past, all the tenses are moved towards the past. He said he was ill = He said: "I am ill" She told me she ...
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Uses of past perfect in reporting speech

"The student told us she believed it was pre-planned. The accused's daughter had also come to the police station with her. She told us her father had done something unbelievable and must be punished," ...
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Should this reported speech use “was” or “had been” to convert “was”?

When you have a sentence in the direct speech talking about someone’s age such as “a producer discovered me when I was 13” How does it change into the reported speech? he said a producer had ...
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Reported versions of the sentences like “If I wanted to go, I would go”

I am having trouble in terms of the reported versions of the sentences which include the word "if". Can you please tell me what the reported versions of these "direct speech" kind of sentences below ...
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When to use Present tense in reporting speech?

When to use present tense in reporting speech? In below news reporter has used Present tense "Sits" to indicate past event. Can it be replaced by sat? "She sits in the cab along with the other 6-7 ...
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No backshift to maintain time relation between two clauses

The seller told me :" Just after you had paid another man asked for it." He told me that just after I had paid, another man asked for it". No backshift here to maintain the time relation between ...
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Is Past Perfect or Simple past is optional in Reporting speech.?

In below linked NEWS i can see the Use of past perfect tense, Had alleged, in most of the sentences. It is very difficult to understand if it is really require there. it does not indicates two actions ...
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Tense for Indirect speech

I have a question on 'Indirect Speech': are there any situations that the tense of a sentence would change into "has been doing"? For example, "He did say he has been receiving your emails and that ...
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how to properly distinguish between two indirect sentences?

He mentioned that he had been in court the previous day. meaning, I am saying this to someone else, that he (someone), sometime after the event took place, mentioned it, that: "I was in court the ...
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Future in indirect speech

In my English book for Russian students, I have found a confusing sentence: A second conference will be held tomorrow morning and Brigg's agent said that an interview ________ (give) by the actor ...
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Reported speech in this case

Tom said the following. We have to win this game. Will the subject change in the reported speech? Tom said to me that they had to win that game. or Tom said to me that we had to win that ...
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Which choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...