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    indirect speech

    Hello everyone. I would like to ask about tense changing in indirect speech. In this sentence The headmaster said "Don't believe everything you hear" is ' hear ' considered as a direct object and is it to be left without any changes?
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    Re: indirect speech

    Indirect speech would be:

    The headmaster told us not to believe everything we hear.

    The phrase "everything you hear" is a noun phrase and is a direct object of "believe"

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    I don't know why you would change "hear" to something else. (I wouldn't.)

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    Red face Re: indirect speech

    I didn't change. But some "qualified " teachers tried to explain why should I change.Thanks

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    Re: indirect speech

    I think you should put 'should' after 'I' because it is not a question.
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    Re: indirect speech

    The phrase "everything you hear" is a noun phrase and is a direct object of "believe"
    And within that noun phrase, "[which] you hear" is a relative clause modifying "everything." "Hear" is not a direct object but a (transitive) verb which itself has a direct object. The easiest thing to say, without getting overly technical, is that the direct object of "hear" is "everything."

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    Re: indirect speech

    I consider 'hear' the main verb in the contact clause.
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    Re: indirect speech

    I consider 'hear' the main verb in the contact clause.
    In the what?

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    Re: indirect speech

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: indirect speech

    Yeah, I thought it was probably your term for "relative clause." There's no difference between our interpretations.

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    Re: indirect speech

    The difference is that a relative clause includes a relative pronoun, while a contact clause does not.
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