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    INDIRECT NARRATION: COULD - COULD HAVE

    I wish s'body told me whether the following conversion is correct or not:

    Direct Narration : She said to me, " I could speak English earlier."

    Indirect Narration: She told me that she could have spoken English before.

    Direct Narration: He said to me, " I could do it."

    Indirect Narration: He told me that he could have done it.

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    Re: INDIRECT NARRATION: COULD - COULD HAVE

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by PENDSE View Post
    I wish s'body told me whether the following conversion is correct or not:

    Direct Narration : She said to me, " I could speak English earlier."

    "said" and "to me" doesn't work together. I could speak English earlier., doesn't make sense to me.
    I should start learning English as soon as possible.
    Indirect Narration: She told me that she should start learning English as soon as possible.

    Direct Narration: He told me,"I could do it."

    Indirect Narration: He told me that he could it.

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    Re: INDIRECT NARRATION: COULD - COULD HAVE

    hi,
    please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    There is no change to: could, would, should, might and ought to when you make conversion to indirect speech.

    she said to me - works fine

    Cheers

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    Re: INDIRECT NARRATION: COULD - COULD HAVE

    Quote Originally Posted by PENDSE View Post
    I wish s'body told me would like somebody to tell me whether the following conversion is correct or not:


    Direct Narration : She said to me, " I could speak English earlier."

    Indirect Narration: She told me that she could speak English before.

    Direct Narration: He said to me, " I could do it."

    Indirect Narration: He told me that he could do it.
    Jaskin is right about these sentences.

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