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    Exclamation Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    Greetings from Egypt ..

    I have a question about Indirect Speech:
    If I have the world "recently" or the word "soon" in the sentence .. How can I convert them to their past tense.

    ex: "I've been training hard recently," he told the reporter.
    "You ought to make a decision soon," Andrew told her.


    Thanks for your time ..
    Ziad.

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    Re: Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    He told the reporter that he had been training hard till recent past.
    Andrew told her she ought to make a decision in the near future.

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    Re: Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    Quote Originally Posted by venkatasu View Post
    He told the reporter that he had been training hard till recent past.
    Andrew told her she ought to make a decision in the near future.
    Hi,
    venkastu, is right but it might read better as;

    "He told the reporter that he had been training hard until recently".

    "Andrew told her that she ought to make a decision in the near future".

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    Re: Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    venkastu, is right but it might read better as;

    "He told the reporter that he had been training hard until recently".

    "Andrew told her that she ought to make a decision in the near future".
    Hi bhaisahab,
    I wonder if we can leave "soon" and "recenlty" as they are?
    "He told the reporter that he had been training hard recently". Would it work?
    And the same with "soon" in the second sentence.

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    Re: Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Hi bhaisahab,
    I wonder if we can leave "soon" and "recenlty" as they are?
    "He told the reporter that he had been training hard recently". Would it work?
    And the same with "soon" in the second sentence.
    Hi banderas,
    Yes that would work equally as well.


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    Re: Recently in "Indirect Speech"

    Thanks for all your suggestions ... I hope they are right guys

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