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    reported speech

    I have wanted to ask it since the first time I read it on the forum, so

    What is it?

    Thanks in advance
    NT

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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by NearThere View Post
    I have wanted to ask it since the first time I read it on the forum, so

    What is it?

    Thanks in advance
    NT
    Since you didn't specifically address any particular problem you could have a look there
    Maybe this will do for starters

    I wouldn't want to bore you to tears with all the details if all you wanted was just a a survey.
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 18-Mar-2008 at 17:13.

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    Re: reported speech

    Reported speech is when you say what someone else said.

    John said, "I'm hungry." -- This is direct speech.

    John said that he was hungry. -- This is reported speech.

    It's common for the verb to shift back in tense (I am -- he was) when you write reported speech.

    [not a teacher]

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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Since you didn't specifically address any particular problem you could have a look there
    Maybe this will do for starters

    I wouldn't want to bore you to tears with all the details if all you wanted was just a a survey.
    No, you wouldn't have bored me to tears, more likely that my head would have spun more violently than the old dryer and I'd had have to ask for a bottle of Tylonyl! I'm glad you didn't take the route of "detail" teaching--what I call it--I'm more of a general learning (what I call it) kind of person. Thanks for the effort nevertheless.

    NT

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    Re: reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Reported speech is when you say what someone else said.

    John said, "I'm hungry." -- This is direct speech.

    John said that he was hungry. -- This is reported speech.

    It's common for the verb to shift back in tense (I am -- he was) when you write reported speech.

    [not a teacher]

    Thanks Barb. I've got it clear and loud!

    Man, this is a great site. You learn things here.


    with gratitudes
    NT

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