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Reported Speech Reported speech is often also called indirect speech. When we use reported speech, we are usually talking about the past (because obviously the person who spoke originally spoke in the past). The verbs therefore usually have to be in the past too. For example: "I'm going to the cinema". He said he was going to the cinema.
The tenses generally move backwards in this way (the tense on the left changes to the tense on the right): present simple I'm a teacher. past simple He said he was a teacher present continuous I'm having lunch with my parents. past continuous He said he was having lunch with his parents. present perfect simple I've been to France three times. past perfect simple He said he had been to France three times. present perfect continuous I've been working very hard. past perfect continuous He said he had been working very hard. past simple I bought a new car. past perfect He said he had bought a new car. past continuous It was raining earlier. past perfect continuous He said it had been raining earlier. past perfect The play had started when I arrived. past perfect NO CHANGE POSSIBLE past perfect continuous I'd already been living in London for five years. past perfect continuous NO CHANGE POSSIBLE
Other verb forms also sometimes change: will I'll come and see you soon. would He said he would come and see me soon. can I can swim under water for two minutes. could He said he could swim under water for two minutes. must All tickets must be bought in advance. had to He said that all tickets had to be bought in advance. shall What shall we do about it? should He asked what we should do about it. may May I smoke? might He asked if he might smoke.
Time and place references often have to change: nowthen todaythat day herethere thisthat this weekthat week tomorrow the following day the next day the day after nextthe following yesterday the previous day the day before last week the previous week the week before agobefore ago previously before tonightthat night
Transform the sentences into the reported speech Ex. She/He said that… 1.His train leaves at 6 o’clock. 2.Her friend is waiting outside. 3.She doesn’t remember where Tom leaves. 4.I stayed at the hotel 2 years ago. 5.I’ve been ill for a week. 6.You came too late. 7.Helen’s brother is not a teacher. 8.It’s snowing heavily. 9.I’ve read half a book already. 10.She’s just ordered a table at the restaurant.
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