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    Default conversion of offers, suggestions and advice into indirect speech

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to tell me that everything is all right by following of converting offers, suggestion and advice into indirect speech?

    1.1. He said to her, “Shall I fetch you a glass of water? She said, “Do, please.”
    1.2. He offeres to fetch her a glass of water but she accepted the offer.

    2.1. He said to her, “Shall I fetch you a glass of water? She said, “No, don’t trouble.”
    2.2. He offered to fetch her a glass of water and she declined the offer.

    3.1. He said to her, “Suppose we go there together?” She said,”Very well.”
    3.2. He suggested that they should go there together and she consented.

    4.1. He said to her, “Suppose we go there together?” She said, “No, I would rather you went alone.”
    4.2. He suggested that they should go there together but she refused.

    5.1. He said to them, “You and better take a taxi, you may be late.”
    5.2. He advised them to take a taxi, otherwise they might be late.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 02-Mar-2009 at 07:55.

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    Default Re: conversion of offers, suggestions and advice into indirect speech

    I'm not a native speaker, yet I'll venture the following remarks:

    [quote=vil;445828]

    2.1. He said to her, “Shall I fetch you a glass of water? She said, “No, don’t trouble.”
    2.2. He offered to fetch her a glass of water and she declined the offer.

    4.1. He said to her, “Suppose we go there together?” She said, “No, I would rather you went alone.”
    4.2. He suggested that they should go there together and she refused.

    Before an opposition, but would be more appropriate.

    5.1. He said to them, “You ahd better take a taxi, you may be late.”
    5.2. He advised them to take a taxi, as otherwise they might be late.

    As before otherwise is superfluous.

    Good luck!
    Vladimir

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