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Grammar

Reported speech

 


In English we change the main verb in the sentence when we use reported speech (someone said something).


Example:

She says she likes olives ...................... She said that she liked olives.


List:

Present simple ..............................................................................Past simple

She lives in Prague.................................................................She said she lived in Prague.


Present continuous.........................................................................Past continuous

I'm working hard today.....................................................He said (that) he was working hard today.


Present perfect ...........................................................................Past perfect

I haven't seen him for ages.............................................She said (that) she hadn't seen him for ages.


Present perfect continuous.....................................................Past perfect continuous

I've been living here for a while now.....................He said he had been living here for a while now.


Past simple....................................................................................Past perfect simple

We loved the show!............................................................They said (that) they had loved the show.


Past perfect = no change


am going to .....................................................................................was going to

I'm going to fly to Paris some time this year.........................He said he was going to fly to Paris.....


Will ......................................................................................................would

I'll do it!......................................................................................She said (that) she would do it.


Can ........................................................................................................could

I can be there at 5pm..................................................................She said she could be there at 5pm.


May .......................................................................................................might

You may see the Lunar eclipse this month............................You might see the Lunar eclipse this month.


Might = no change


must .........................................................................................................had to

You must do it now........................................................................He said we had to do it now.

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