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    Default Indirect sentences

    Hello everyone.
    Today I have some questions about indirect sentences. Would you like to help me solve them?
    - Problem 1
    A: Where are you going?
    B: I am going to school. What do you mean?
    A: I would like to know where / [you was going to] or [where you are going to] / ?
    - Problem 2
    + Indirect: I don't know what happened.
    direct sentence is: What happen ? (It is ok)?

    + So indirect: I don't know what is happening.
    What is direct sentences ? [...]

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    Default Re: Indirect sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangthi View Post
    A: I would like to know where / [you was going to] or [where you are going to] / ?
    Use the second or where you were going to if you think you have stopped them.

    I'm afraid I can't get my head around what you're asking for the second- maybe someone else can. My apologies.

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    Default Re: Indirect sentences

    "What happen?" is not OK. It should be "What happened?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoangthi View Post
    Hello everyone.
    Today I have some questions about indirect sentences. Would you like to help me solve them?
    - Problem 1
    A: Where are you going?
    B: I am going to school. What do you mean?
    A: I would like to know where / [you was going to] or [where you are going to] / ?
    - Problem 2
    + Indirect: I don't know what happened.
    direct sentence is: What happen ? (It is ok)?

    + So indirect: I don't know what is happening.
    What is direct sentences ? [...]

    - PS: Please tell me if you see any problems from my posts. Thanks
    What happened?
    I don't know what happened.
    I asked you what happened.
    You told me you didn't know what happened.

    What is happening?
    I don't know what is happening.
    I wanted to know what was happening.
    You told me you didn't know what was happening.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Indirect sentences

    Thanks you all for replying.
    But why does my teacher always teach me:
    I need to down tense level when convert direct to indirect?
    Example. Simple tense => simple past
    Peter asked me: "what do you do ?"
    > Peter asked me that what I did...
    So why do you think it is: Peter asked me that what i do?
    Last edited by hoangthi; 19-Nov-2012 at 04:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoangthi View Post
    Peter asked me: "what do you do ?"
    > Peter asked me that what I did...
    So why do you think it is: Peter asked me that what iI do?
    Both versions in red are possible. Backshifting (present to past) is always correct. If the situation reported is still valid at the time of reporting, backshifting is not obligatory.

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    So where can I use 'Backshifting' ? And Where not?
    If I don't use backshifting, my exam will be not true by my teacher.
    Last edited by hoangthi; 19-Nov-2012 at 11:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoangthi View Post
    So where can I use 'Backshifting' ? And Where not?
    As I said, backshifting is aways correct - at least when the introductory verb is in a past tense.
    If I don't use backshifting, my exam will be not trueanswers will be marked wrong by my teacher.
    Then backshift.

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    Thanks all.
    Everybody here, who are American?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoangthi View Post
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