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Grammar

                                            Reported (indirect) speech



We use 'reported speech' to say what someone else said

Example

Direct speech: 'I love you.'            

Indirect speech: He said that he loved me.



Rules:

is..................................................................was

are................................................................were

can...............................................................could

will...............................................................would

may.............................................................might

present simple.............................................past simple

past simple/present perfect.............................past perfect



          Direct speech                                                             Indirect (reported) speech


'I like you.'                                                                           He said (that) he liked me.

'I'm very busy.'                                                                    She said (that) she was very busy.

'I work in a bank.'                                                                She said (that) she worked in a bank.

'Can you help me?'                                                              She asked if I could help her.

'Where are you from?'                                                         He asked where I was from.

'I can do it.'                                                                         He said (that) he could do it.

'What's the time?'                                                                She asked what the time was.

'I'll go there soon.'                                                               He said he would go there soon.

'I'll call you later.'                                                                She said (that) she would call me later.

'I've already done it.'                                                           He said (that) he had already done it.

'I saw Tim the other day.'                                                    He said (that) he had seen Tim the other day.

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