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    Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    Q. Change into indirect speech.
    Please do correct me. Let me tell you my answers.

    1. :They were all writing when I arrived", she said.


    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.



    2. "I have had a rest and soon I must start work again", he said.


    He said that he had had a rest and soon he must start work again.


    3. "I can see that someone has told you", she said to him.


    She told him that she could see that someone had told him.


    4. "You shall have your dinner as soon as I return", promised her mother.


    Her mother promised that she will have her dinner as soon as she returns.


    5. "The sun is becoming cooler all the time", said the professor


    The professor said that the sun is becoming cooler all the time (universal truth so no change)

    Please help me correct them as you kind people promised.

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    Re: Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by youralibaba View Post
    Q. Change into indirect speech.
    Please do correct me. Let me tell you my answers.

    1. :They were all writing when I arrived", she said.


    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.

    She said that they had been all writing when she had arrived.

    2. "I have had a rest and soon I must start work again", he said.


    He said that he had had a rest and soon he must start work again.
    He said that he had had a rest and soon he had to start work again.

    3. "I can see that someone has told you", she said to him.


    She told him that she could see that someone had told him.
    Right!

    4. "You shall have your dinner as soon as I return", promised her mother.


    Her mother promised that she will have her dinner as soon as she returns.

    Her mother promised that she would have her dinner as soon as she returned.
    5. "The sun is becoming cooler all the time", said the professor


    The professor said that the sun is becoming cooler all the time (universal truth so no change)
    Right!
    Please help me correct them as you kind people promised.
    Have a good time!

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    Re: Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.

    She said that they had been all writing when she had arrived.

    She said that they had all been writing when she (had) arrived.

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    Re: Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.

    She said that they had been all writing when she had arrived.

    She said that they had all been writing when she (had) arrived.
    What do you mean?
    My sentence is wrong or both are right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    What do you mean?
    My sentence is wrong or both are right?
    Your sentence is wrong because it should be "all been" rather than "been all".

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    Re: Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    1. :They were all writing when I arrived", she said.

    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.
    Could someone explain why the indirect speech is not correct?


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    Thanks you very much. I really appreciate it. I am REALLY thankful to you. You guys rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Your sentence is wrong because it should be "all been" rather than "been all".
    Thank you very much!

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    When considering carefully, I can say both are right.

    1. :They were all writing when I arrived", she said.


    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.


    She said that they had all been writing when she had arrived.

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    Re: Please help me correct these answers of mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    When considering carefully, I can say both are right.

    1. :They were all writing when I arrived", she said.


    She said that they were all writing when she arrived.


    She said that they had all been writing when she had arrived.
    Both are right.

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