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I have wanted to ask it since the first time I read it on the forum, so

What is it?

Thanks in advance
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I have wanted to ask it since the first time I read it on the forum, so

What is it?

Thanks in advance
NT

Since you didn't specifically address any particular problem you could have a look there
Maybe this will do for starters ;-)

I wouldn't want to bore you to tears with all the details if all you wanted was just a a survey.
 
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Reported speech is when you say what someone else said.

John said, "I'm hungry." -- This is direct speech.

John said that he was hungry. -- This is reported speech.

It's common for the verb to shift back in tense (I am -- he was) when you write reported speech.

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Since you didn't specifically address any particular problem you could have a look there
Maybe this will do for starters ;-)

I wouldn't want to bore you to tears with all the details if all you wanted was just a a survey.

No, you wouldn't have bored me to tears, more likely that my head would have spun more violently than the old dryer and I'd had have to ask for a bottle of Tylonyl! I'm glad you didn't take the route of "detail" teaching--what I call it--I'm more of a general learning (what I call it) kind of person. Thanks for the effort nevertheless.:-D

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Reported speech is when you say what someone else said.

John said, "I'm hungry." -- This is direct speech.

John said that he was hungry. -- This is reported speech.

It's common for the verb to shift back in tense (I am -- he was) when you write reported speech.

[not a teacher]


Thanks Barb. :up: I've got it clear and loud!

Man, this is a great site. You learn things here.


with gratitudes
NT
 
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