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    Talking reported speech

    in reported speech: so -> very . Is it right?

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    Re: reported speech

    Hello Mimi,

    Do you mean like this?

    1. "That's so nice of you!"
    2. She said it was very nice of me.

    If so, I think it's true that "so" in that sense does tend to occur mostly in direct speech; and that in reported speech, you would probably choose a different intensifier.

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    Re: reported speech

    Thanks, but also I wonder if in reported speech:'' to come -> to go " (?)

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    Re: reported speech

    Hello Mimi,

    It depends on the context:

    1. Bill said "I'm coming home with you, Lydia" → Bill said he was going home with Lydia.

    but

    2. "I'm coming home with you, Lydia." "Sorry?" "I said I was coming home with you."

    You might say that, generally, when A reports "to come", it changes to "to go" if A is not also implicated in the "to come".

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    Talking Re: reported speech

    Thanks, I got it. That`s exactly what I need

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