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    Indirect speech / Present perfect

    Hello everyone,

    I've got a little problem. On Tuesday I write a test at school. Among other things "indirect speech" is asked. I don't have any problems with that but I don't know when I have to use "present perfect" in indirect speech. Would you please give me one or two examples, when I have to use it (direct speech -> indirect speech)?

    I've only found exercises where I have to use simple present or the past form


    Thanks a lot
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    Re: Indirect speech / Present perfect

    Not so easy, Dany:

    'I have donated $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'
    'He says he has given $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'

    but 'He said he had given $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'

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    Re: Indirect speech / Present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Not so easy, Dany:

    'I have donated $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'
    'He says he has given $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'

    but 'He said he had given $1,000,000 to tsunami relief.'
    Hello Mister Micawber,

    Thanks for your answer.

    Have I understood you right, that after "He says/ask that ....." the tense wish is used in the direct speech isn't changed? But after "He said that ....." ?
    If so, it isn't possible to use the present perferct when I say that someone said/asked something? In that case it is only possible to use simple past or past perfect. Correct?

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    Re: Indirect speech / Present perfect

    Someone else may prove me wrong, but that's how it seems to me, Dany, with any examples I could think of.

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    Re: Indirect speech / Present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Someone else may prove me wrong, but that's how it seems to me, Dany, with any examples I could think of.
    Thanks a lot

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