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    indirect speech

    In indirect speech we change this into that and these into those.
    Do we change that and these too? That summer was hot. He said .... summer was hot.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Where did you learn that we change "this" into "that"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where did you learn that we change "this" into "that"?
    Well, it's quite common in time expressions,:

    "My father died this morning" - George said (that) his father had died that morning.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Well, it's quite common in time expressions,:

    "My father died this morning" - George said (that) his father had died that morning.
    Only if the indirect speech happens on any day other than the day in question though, surely?

    If George said "My father died this morning" at 12 noon today and I wanted to report it at 7pm tonight, I would put that George said [that] his father died this morning.

    I wanted to be sure that the OP didn't think that we absolutely must convert "this" into "that" whenever moving from direct speech to indirect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Quote Originally Posted by chrysanthemum View Post
    In indirect speech we change this into that and these into those.
    Do we change that and these too? "That summer was hot. He said [that] that summer was hot."
    No
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    It might help if, when you say, "We do this ..." you gave an example of what you mean.

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