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    Indirect Speech

    Hello,

    I'm doing some english tests and i'm having some troubles. I'm trying to learn Reported Speech. I have a proposition like this:

    "Who comes tonight?"

    And the exercise says: He wants to know... (here is were i have to complete the sentence).

    Shouldn't i have "He wanted to know..." ? I hope the exercise is wrong, not me.

    Thank you for your time!

    P.S If i were right, my answer would be something like "He wanted to know who came last night". right?
    Last edited by Deathless; 14-Feb-2012 at 15:43.

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    Not a teacher, nor a native.
    Hm.. I think that the indirect speech can be used in both present and past tenses.

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Deathless View Post
    Hello,

    I'm doing some english tests and i'm having some troubles. I'm trying to learn Reported Speech. I have a proposition like this:

    "Who comes tonight?"

    And the exercise says: He wants to know... (here is were i have to complete the sentence).

    Shouldn't i have "He wanted know..." ? I hope the exercise is wrong, not me.

    Thank you for your time!

    P.S If i were right, my answer would be something like "He wanted to know who came last night". right?
    "Who comes tonight?" is a very odd question.

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    Indeed. The exercise says rewrite each question in indirect speech, but i have no ideea how to rewrite that sentence. If anyone knows, please let me know.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    I think I've never heard a sentence "Who comes tonight?". I usually hear "Who is coming tonight?".

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    I could ask, "Who comes from Norfolk Island and speaks Romanian?'

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    Re: Indirect Speech

    The question, as given, is so flawed that it seems pointless, but the answer I would give is "He asked who was coming that night."
    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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    #8

    Re: Indirect Speech

    @ 5jj Fixed!

    Thank you guys!

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    #9

    Re: Indirect Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Deathless View Post
    "Who comes tonight?"

    And the exercise says: He wants to know...
    Given this task, the answer is He wants to know who comes tonight, a very unlikely sentence.

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