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    Smile reported speech

    When the verb is "say" in reported speech do we change the underlined words or not?
    The weather was horribe yesterday.
    That food looks inviting.
    These problems appear impossible.
    I feel disgusted now.
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    Re: reported speech

    He says the weather was horrible yesterday

    She says this food looks inviting

    He says these problems appear impossible [to solve]

    I say that I feel disgusted now


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    Smile Re: reported speech

    Dear Angelika
    As I understood we don't change the underlined words but do we change that to this in the second sentence without changing these in the third one? That food looks inviting?
    Thanks


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    #4

    Re: reported speech

    You can change it; you do not need to change it.

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    Re: reported speech

    I think it depends on how far removed the situation is from the instance of speech being reported.

    If you're reporting something that was said last week, then yes, you'd change the words.

    the day before
    the food
    the problem
    [null] or at that time

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