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    Indirect speech in the past

    Please, if you are a native speaker who is 100% SURE of the answers, the please fill in the gaps:

    Example of a correct answer:
    Mr. Craz said: "My sister will do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister would do it.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister should have done it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister could have done it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister would have done it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister must have done it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister would do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister should do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister could do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister may do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister might do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister must do it."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Mr. Craz said: "My sister had done it when they came."
    Mr. Craz said that his sister _________________.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    Nobody knows the answers?

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    None of these require backshifting, except "must" could become "had to."

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    None of these require backshifting
    Are you really sure? What about may -> might?

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    You can. If whatever it is that she may do is still in the future, then the "may" could still work, because it's still true. You can make it "might" too.

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    Thanks for the replies, Barb_D. Can any other native speaker (preferably a British one) confirm what Barb_D wrote? I'm asking because, shockingly, another native speaker I asked in person answered "I don't know what the correct answers are..." So I'm a bit cautious and reluctant to consider it a closed case.

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Thanks for the replies, Barb_D. Can any other native speaker (preferably a British one) confirm what Barb_D wrote? I'm asking because, shockingly, another native speaker I asked in person answered "I don't know what the correct answers are..." So I'm a bit cautious and reluctant to consider it a closed case.
    I agree with Barb_D's answers.

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Thanks for the replies, Barb_D. Can any other native speaker (preferably a British one) confirm what Barb_D wrote? I'm asking because, shockingly, another native speaker I asked in person answered "I don't know what the correct answers are..." So I'm a bit cautious and reluctant to consider it a closed case.
    Actually, that doesn't surprise me. I don't think I ever learned the grammatical mechanics of reported speech in the past, all through school. Strange, now that I think of it. But--as a Canadian--I agree with BarbD and Bhaisahab.

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    Re: Indirect speech in the past

    OK, I'd like to thank everyone for their replies!

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