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  1. Banned
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    #1

    if he could give me a copy

    Write these sentences in indirect speech

    Richard
    : my paper on the health benefits of humor has just been published in a medical journal.
    Me: Im happy for you! Id appreciate it if you give me a copy.
    Indirect = Richard told me that his paper on the health benefits of humor had just been published in a medical journal.
    Indirect = I said/answered that I was happy for him and I would appreciate it if he could give me a copy.

    Hi,

    Can I say "gave" instead of "could give"?

    Thank you.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: if he could give me a copy

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: if he could give me a copy

    Who wrote the original?

    'I'd appreciate it if you give me a copy' is not good English.

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