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    answering

    Teacher, are there errors in my reported speech? I am not sure if I have used the word "answering" correctly. Thank you.

    I contacted XX Company yesterday and a lady, answering the call, told me that the owner of the company, her husband, has just passed away and that is why there was a delay in sending the products to me. She said she was in the process of sorting out things and would try her best to send the products to us soon.

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    Her husband had (not has) just passed away.

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    Re: answering

    Quote Originally Posted by robin lee View Post
    Teacher, are there errors in my reported speech? I am not sure if I have used the word "answering" correctly. Thank you.

    I contacted XX Company yesterday and a lady, answering the call, told me that the owner of the company, her husband, has just passed away and that is why there was a delay in sending the products to me. She said she was in the process of sorting out things and would try her best to send the products to us soon.
    Your use of "answering" is not wrong. But I would prefer "who answered the call".

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