Do you agree with this explanation? Could it be better?
When we change a sentence from direct speech to reported speech we always remove quotation marks, periods, commas, question marks, and exclamation marks.
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by learning54; 02-Jul-2012 at 11:51.
Last edited by charliedeut; 02-Jul-2012 at 14:23.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.
1. “You have to find a better job,”Joan said.
2. “Does the manager know Julia often comes late?” Tina asked.
3. “No, he doesn’t.” Rose answered.
4. “What do you do?” Frank asked Tom.
5. “I am an architect,” Tom answered.
6. “Perhaps it’s time to go home,”Tim thought.
1. Joan said (that) he had to find a better job.
1. Joan told Arthur (that) he had to find a better job.
2. Tina asked if the manager knew Julia often came late.
3. Rose answered that he didn’t.
4. Frank asked what he did.
5. Tom answered that he was an architect.
6. Tim thought (that) perhaps it was time to go home.
Last edited by learning54; 02-Jul-2012 at 13:45.
I'm considering it as a female name, but it is a good point. Since these sentences are taken from stories that I wrote or I rewrote, I should change this name at once! Moltes grącies.1. Joan said (that) he had to find a better job. IMO, this one sounds ambiguous. It looks like Joan is the one who has to find a new job (also keep in mind that, while "Joan" is a male name in certain areas of Spain, it is a female name to most English speakers, which might lead to misunderstandings in hte answers you are likely to get.
Point taken! But if you don't mind for the meantime I will go step by step.1. Joan told Arthur (that) he had to find a better job. Make sure your students learn other verbs which fit in here ("advised, suggested, etc) instead of always using "told" all the time.
Even though it sounds much better, why do I have to use 'that'? This is the original sentence, “Does the manager know Julia often comes late?” Tina asked. What should I tell the students in order to use 'that' in the reported speech sentence?2. Tina asked if the manager knew Julia often came late. I would use "arrived" instead of "came" in the reported sentence, and would include "that" before "Julia".
Without a doubt. Thanks a lot!4. Frank asked what he did. Same case as #1: like this, it seems Frank doesn't know what he's doing. "Frank asked Tom what he did" sounds better
Last edited by Raymott; 02-Jul-2012 at 14:25.