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    Smile Repoted Speech

    Can u help me to give the more description about the using of reported speech. At the grammar book that I have read the kind of reported speech are statement, question and imperative. I still confuse about the example here such as when someone asked, "Will you marry with me?" . Can I called it a question? or Is it a request/imperative? Thank you for your attention.

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    Re: Repoted Speech

    Welcome to the Forum, beka ,

    Please check the following link for more information on reported speech, as it is too wide a question to be answered here:
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Repoted Speech

    Yes, welcome to the forums.

    Please do not use "u" for "you" or other examples of text speak in the forums.

    "Will you marry me?" is a question. You ask this.
    "Shut the door!" is a command or imperative. Or order this.

    He said, "Melinda, do you have a cup of sugar I could borrow?"
    He asked Melinda whether she had a cup of sugar he could borrow.

    He said, "Melinda, give me that bowl of sugar!"
    He ordered Melinda to give him the bowl of sugar.

    He said, "Melinda, I need sugar."
    He said that he needed sugar.
    He told Melinda that he needed sugar.
    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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