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    Question Direct Indirect Speech

    Please have a look at the following direct conservation.

    Tom : Why are you pulling my tails?
    Jerry : Oh! I thought it is a rope.

    This is the indirect speech of the first line.

    Tom asked Jerry why he was pulling his tail.

    The above line will be wrong if it is written like this:

    Tom asked Jerry why was he pulling his tail.

    Why is the second indirect speech wrong? What's the difference between why he was pulling his tail & why was he pulling his tail?

    Thanks,

    Ron

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    Re: Direct Indirect Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by rn5a View Post
    Please have a look at the following direct conservation.

    Tom : Why are you pulling my tails?
    Jerry : Oh! I thought it is a rope.

    This is the indirect speech of the first line.

    Tom asked Jerry why he was pulling his tail.

    The above line will be wrong if it is written like this:

    Tom asked Jerry why was he pulling his tail.

    Why is the second indirect speech wrong? What's the difference between why he was pulling his tail & why was he pulling his tail?

    Thanks,

    Ron
    In the indirect speech, you ask or say about something to someone.

    Your sentence - "Tom asked Jerry"

    1. What did he ask? - This is the question format to be followed by an answer or a statement.

    Tom asked Jerry why he was pulling his tail. - correct.

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    Re: Direct Indirect Speech

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    If one reports what was said that one must be sure with his report and not using interrogative forms.

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