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    #1

    Reported Speech

    1. "May I have your name and address?" he said to her.
    - He asked her if he could have her name and address.
    2. "Shall I buy you a new bicycle? he said "No, thanks." she answered.
    - He asked her if he would buy her a new bicycle and she answered no.
    3. "Why don't you open an account in the bank?" they said to us.
    - They suggested us open an account in the bank.
    4. "What about staying out tonight?" Tom said to his friends.
    - Tom suggested his friends stay out that night.
    5. "Welcome home, my darling!" she said to her husband.
    - She welcomed her husband. (I don't think it is correct... but I don't know any other way)
    6. "Misbehave another time ad you will know." The father said angrily to his son.
    - The farther warned his son not to misbehave again.

    If you find any mistake, please tell me.I found it very difficult to know if I am right or wrong. Because my grammar is affected by my speaking English which is not very good.

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    #2

    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by kimhaze View Post
    1. "May I have your name and address?" he said to her.
    - He asked her if he could have her name and address.
    2. "Shall I buy you a new bicycle? he said "No, thanks." she answered.
    - He asked her if he would buy her a new bicycle and she answered no.*
    3. "Why don't you open an account in the bank?" they said to us.
    - They suggested we open an account in the bank.**
    4. "What about staying out tonight?" Tom said to his friends.
    - Tom suggested to his friends that they stay out that night.
    5. "Welcome home, my darling!" she said to her husband.
    - She welcomed her husband. (I don't think it is correct... but I don't know any other way) . You're right -- this one is hard. You could say something "using a term of endearment" or "affectionately" I guess.
    6. "Misbehave another time ad you will know." The father said angrily to his son.
    - The farther warned his son not to misbehave again.
    -- I'd say this was more of a threat than a warning.

    If you find any mistake, please tell me.I found it very difficult to know if I am right or wrong. Because my grammar is affected by my speaking English which is not very good.
    *An American would say "If he could" but we would not say "Shall I buy you [something]" so I hope a BrE or other dialect will tell you if this one works.

    ** I'd say "at the bank" but "in" was your original sentence.

    You did quite well!
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    Re: Reported Speech

    2. "Shall I buy you a new bicycle? he said "No, thanks." she answered.
    - He asked her if he should buy her a new bicycle and she answered no.*

    Fine.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Dec-2010 at 15:26. Reason: mistake corrected

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    Re: Reported Speech

    I have marked errors/omissions in red and possible extras/alternatives in blue. Take care with your typing.

    1. "May I have your name and address?" he said to her.
    - He asked her if he could have her name and address.

    2. "Shall I buy you a new bicycle?" he said. "No, thanks." she answered.
    - He asked her if he c/should buy her a new bicycle and she answered no.

    3. "Why don't you open an account in (at) the bank?" they said/ (suggested) to us.

    - They suggested (us open) that we open an account in the bank.

    4. "What about staying out tonight?" Tom said to his friends.
    - Tom suggested to his friends that they stay out that night.

    5. "Welcome home, my darling!" she said to her husband.
    - She welcomed her husband (warmly, lovingly).

    6. "Misbehave another time and you will know (it; what to expect)" the father said angrily to his son.
    - The farther warned his son not to misbehave again.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Thanks.
    We'd say "Can I buy you..." or "May I buy you..." not "Shall I buy you..." so the reported form was not familiar to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: Reported Speech

    Thank you so much. But I have a question:
    In sentence 3 you used "suggested us" but in sentence 4 you used "suggested to his friends"
    So why didn't you use "suggested to us" or "suggested his friends"
    What is the difference between sentences 3 and 4?

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    Re: Reported Speech

    You can say it in either combination.

    With the "to ____" form, the "that" is really needed.

    He suggested to us that we open an account.
    He suggested [that] we open an account. (It's clear this suggestion was to us.)

    He suggested to his friend that they stay out all night.
    He suggested [that] they stay out all night. (It's not clear who this suggestion was to, so saying "to his friends" is better.)
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Dec-2010 at 15:26.
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    #8

    Re: Reported Speech

    Look again.
    In both 3 and 4 I said suggested to.
    The 'us open' is in red - your error.

    You can make a general suggestion or you can make a suggestion to one or more people, or you can say I suggest that we do something.

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    #9

    Re: Reported Speech

    Oh... I've got it. Thank you so much
    And I will be more careful with typing next time

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    2. "Shall I buy you a new bicycle?" he said. "No, thanks." she answered.
    - He asked her if he c/should buy her a new bicycle and she answered no.
    Thanks. You are correct. I was not.
    I have now edited mine to prevent confusion.

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