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    How do you make into a reported speech?

    Venus said, "So you just used me?" Gab said, "You could say that."



    How do you make this into a reported speech? Thanks!

    Note: Gab and Venus are ex-lovers who broke up but still love each other. Gab fell in love with Venus because Venus looked like Ella whom he really loves.

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    #2

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Which is/are the correct reported speech for that?


    Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said she could say that.

    Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said she could say it.

    Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said he probably did.

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    #3

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post

    1. Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said she could say that.
    2. Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said she could say it.
    3. Venus said Gab had just used her then. Gab said he probably did had.
    #1 and #2 could suggest that Gab had given Venus permission to say that.

    The idea in #3 is fine, but watch the tenses.

    Also consider:

    Gab admitted that he (probably) had.

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    #4

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    (probably) means I can put or omit it, right? THANKS! :)

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    #5

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    (probably) means I can put in or omit it, right? THANKS! :)
    Yes - your choice.

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    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    #1 and #2 could suggest that Gab had given Venus permission to say that.

    The idea in #3 is fine, but watch the tenses.

    Also consider:

    Gab admitted that he (probably) had.

    But are #1 and #2 correct to be used to mean the direct speech "You could say that."?

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    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Is there a difference between:

    Gab just used her then.

    Gab had just used her then.


    THANKS!

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    #8

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    But are #1 and #2 correct to be used to mean the direct speech "You could say that."?
    Yes, but, as I said before, "#1 and #2 could suggest that Gab had given Venus permission to say that".

    Note also:


    1. Mary: What a fantastic view!
    George: You can say that again.

    George said that she could say that again.
    George agreed wholeheartedly.

    2. Mary: Can I say, "I adore to speak French' in English?
    George: You can say that, but ...

    George said that she could say that, but ...
    George said that it was possible, but...


    3. Mary: So you just used me?
    George: You could say that.

    George said that she could say that.
    George admitted that he had .


    In each case, the red version gives the sense of the original words more closely than the blue, in my opinion, even though the blue words are closer to those of the original.
    Last edited by 5jj; 31-Jan-2011 at 20:39. Reason: Clarification

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    #9

    Re: How do you make into a reported speech?

    Thanks so much! I understood more clearly.

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