He said,"I eat apples."
He said that he eats apples.
He says,"I eat apples."
He says that he eats apples.
He said,"I ate apples."
He said that he ate apples.
Teachers, Please explain?
The examples are correct. Choose whether "say" is past or present, and choose the right tense for "eat."
But the direct speech forms are very, very rarely used in speech, and aren't very common in writing either--unless the exact words are really significant: John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you..."
Note that these two sentences sound the same when read aloud, but are different in meaning:
He said, "I ate apples."
He said I ate apples.
In the second sentence, it's the author of the sentence who supposedly ate the apples.
So you can speak good English and lead a happy and productive life without ever using direct speech.
Btw once can't get productive marks in English papers without ever using direct speech.
Thanks for your reply.
John Kennedy said, " Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
John Kennedy said that one must not ask what his/her country can do for him/her but what he/she can do for their country. :)
John Kennedy was a wise person.
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"Well Sir", said I to the doctor, "I shall see you again tomorrow morning."
I said to the doctor that I would see him again the next morning.
Father said to us. "All right, I allow you to go to the picture today."
Father said to us that we could go to the picture today.