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    #1

    Question you (or) I

    Would you mind answering my question, please?

    My question is related to (Direct and Indirect Speech)

    Which one of the answers below is correct?

    Can you transfer the call?




    He wants to know if I can transfer the call

    He wants to know if you can transfer the call


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    #2

    Re: you (or) I

    As an exercise in reported speech:

    "Can you transfer the call" >> "He wants to know if you can transfer the call".

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    #3

    Re: you (or) I

    Hi xpert

    Bob: Can you transfer the call?
    Anne: Did you ask if I could transfer the call?
    Bob: Yes. Can you?

    Sara: Anne, what did Bob ask you?
    Anne: Bob asked me if I could transfer the call.
    Sara: Anne, can you transfer the call?
    Anne: No, I can't. Can you?

    Bob: Sara, what did you ask Anne?
    Anne: I asked her if she could transfer the call.

    Sara: Anne, I can transfer it for you.
    Anne: Thanks. Bob, Sara said that she will transfer the call.



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    #4

    Re: you (or) I

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi xpert

    Sara: Anne, I can transfer it for you.
    Anne: Thanks. Bob, Sara said that she will transfer the call.


    Should not we say:
    ....that she would transfer the call?

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    #5

    Re: you (or) I

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Should not we say:
    ....that she would transfer the call?
    Hi banderas,

    "She will transfer the call" There is no question about this, she will definately do it.

    "She would transfer the call" There is a little bit of ambiguity about this, it's conditional.

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    #6

    Re: you (or) I

    It seems that using (I or you) is both correct although I think that (I) is more correct, and it sounds better. I'm right, aren't I?


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    #7

    Re: you (or) I

    Neither is more or less correct - it depends on your context.

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    #8

    Re: you (or) I

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi banderas,

    "She will transfer the call" There is no question about this, she will definately do it.

    "She would transfer the call" There is a little bit of ambiguity about this, it's conditional.
    I get your point but it is still a kind of reporting:
    A:"I will do it"
    Person A said that she would do it.
    When reporting, I believe "would" is correct although it leaves me with a feeling of ambiguity as in
    "She said that she would do it! So will she or not? is it 100%? I think she will but still... it sounds odd.
    I wonder if you can say "She said that she will do it" like in Soup's example?

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