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    Reported Speech

    Hi, I am trying to change the following sentence to reported speech but I don't think my sentence is correct. Can anyone help me?

    Direct Speech: The young man said to him, “Take your son with you when you leave.”
    Reported Speech: The young man said to him took his son with you when you left.

    Are there sentences that can't go back a tense and be reported speech?

    HELP!

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Is this homework, Anne59?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    It's a sentence that my native English speaking friend gave me to do with lots of other sentences.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Direct Speech: The young man said to him, “Take your son with you when you leave.”
    Reported Speech: The young man said to him took his son with you when you left.
    For such sentences, you can use introductory verbs. In this case, you coud say "The young man suggested/ordered him to take his son with him when he left".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    "The young man told him to take his son with him when he left". - Correct.
    "The young man ordered him to take his son with him when he left". - Correct, if the young man really did issue an order.
    "The young man suggested him to take his son with him when he left". Incorrect

    "The young man suggested (that) he take his son with him when he left". Correct.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "The young man suggested him to take his son with him when he left". Incorrect

    "The young man suggested (that) he take his son with him when he left". Correct.
    Of course. I don't know what befell me!
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    Re: Reported Speech

    Your answers are normally very reliable, charlie, so we can forgive you this time.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    As always, thank you for all your help.

    Can I ask just one more question. Is this some kind of sentence that is an exception to the rules of going back a tense or do I need the infinitive because it comes after "him" the object pronoun?

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Hello, Anne59.

    Is this some kind of sentence that is an exception to the rules of going back a tense
    If you are asking about the verb 'take' used in "The young man suggested (that) he take his son with him when he left.", it's called "the subjunctive".

    do I need the infinitive because it comes after "him" the object pronoun?
    Well, not really. It depends on the verb you wish to use. "suggest somebody to do something" is not grammatical, but "tell/order somebody to do something" is.

    I hope my response will be of some help to you.

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    Re: Reported Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Your answers are normally very reliable, charlie, so we can forgive you this time.
    You're too kind.

    We...want...the whip!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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