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    Strict rule for saying to tell?

    Is the following conversion so strict? Is it always converted to 1 instead of 2 or any other? I mean converting direct speech to indirect speech.

    ex)He said to me, "You look pale. Are you sick?"
    1)He told me that I looked pale, and asked me if I was sick.
    2)He told me that I looked pale, and if I was sick(or Are you sick?)

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    Re: Strict rule for saying to tell?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    1)He told me that I looked pale, and asked me if I was sick.
    2)He told me that I looked pale, and if I was sick(or Are you sick?)
    #2 is not possible. You cannot tell someone a question.

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