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    REPORTED SPEECH

    Hi all,

    Could you show me which one is the correct answer? Thanks in advance.

    Miss White said to him, Why are you so late? Did your car have a flat tire?
    A.
    Miss White asked him why he was so late and whether his car had a flat tire.
    B.
    Miss White asked him why he was so late and whether his car had had a flat tire.

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    Re: REPORTED SPEECH

    The answer is B. That's a good example of where the past perfect is necessary for the right meaning.

    (In future tell us what you think is right and why. We don't normally just give out answers.)

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    Re: REPORTED SPEECH

    In case you're interested, in BrE, the question would be "Did you car have a flat tyre?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: REPORTED SPEECH

    Actually, the option A is the answer in a grammartical textbook and the option B is what I thought. By the way, thank you very much for your reply.

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    Re: REPORTED SPEECH

    In answer A, there is no real connection between "late" and "flat tire". It reads as two independent questions. In B, the flat tire is connected as the reason for the lateness.

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    Re: REPORTED SPEECH

    My objection would be that, at the time of speaking, he might not have had a flat tyre. He got it fixed, and that's how he finally made it there. A. is the answer to " ... DO you have a flat tire?"

    Miss White said to him, Why are you so late? Did DOES your car have a flat tire?
    A.
    Miss White asked him why he was so late and whether his car had a flat tire.

    Last edited by Raymott; 07-Jan-2016 at 21:47. Reason: typo

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