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    Reported Speech Sentences


    I have a question concerning Reported Speech. Are my answers correct?

    a) Lizzie: "The train leaves at 6 o'clock"
    My answer: Lizzie informed me that the train left at 6 o'clock. (Is is correct? Or should I say: "Lizzie informed me that the train LEAVES at 6 o'clock"?)

    b) John: "You must give us a call when you get back."
    My answer: John insisted on me/my giving them a call when I got (GET?) back.

    c) Tom: "Please, empty all the ashtrays before you leave the room."
    Tom asked me to empty all the ashtrays before I leave (LEFT?) the room.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

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    Re: Reported Speech Sentences

    In all three cases, it depends upon the timing. If the train had already left, use the past tense. If the train was still there , use the present tense. The same applies to the other two.

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