Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: reported speech

  1. #1
    thomas615 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    481
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default reported speech

    Teacher, can you check these sentences for error. Thank you.

    I just received a call from my friend, Lynn, who was in tears. She said she was just let go as her company was looking for a full time person. She had been working part-time for the past one year.

  2. #2
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,384
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Teacher, can you check these sentences for error. Thank you.

    I just received a call from my friend, Lynn, who was in tears. She said she was just let go as her company was looking for a full-time person. She had been working part time for the past year.
    full-time person - you use the hyphen when the compound phrase modifies a noun.
    working part time - you do NOT use the hyhen when it does not modify a noun
    for the past year - you don't need to say "one year" and, in fact, using it sounds awkward.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Similar Threads

  1. Reported speech
    By nouamaneer in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-May-2012, 19:37
  2. reported speech
    By thomas615 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2012, 07:45
  3. reported speech
    By aysaa in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2012, 01:24
  4. Reported speech and Direct speech?
    By easygoing in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Nov-2008, 19:58
  5. indirect speech is equivalent with reported speech?
    By Mad-ox in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2007, 17:16

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •