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You use reported speech when you repeat what someone said without quoting their words.
Reported Speech in the Simple Past Tense:
If we want to repeat something someone said earlier, we need to use a reporting verb (e.g.
ask) in the simple past. The verb in the sentence we want to repeat also needs to be changed to the simple past. To report a question, we add the word
if which is followed by the question in the simple past.
Rep. verb + person + simple past form
Direct speech: I like her.
Reported speech: You said you liked her.
Rep. verb + if + person + simple past form
Direct speech: Do you like him?
Reported speech: You asked if I liked him.
Keep in mind that you have to change the pronouns (hers, his, etc./me, her, him, etc.)!
Tom: Hi there! I need your help. I just don't know how to talk to Liz. Please tell her what I said!
"I like Liz very much!"
Tom said he liked you very much.
"Does she still like me?"
"She is extremely smart."
"We study together."
"I live two streets away from her."
"She seems to be really cool!"
"Does she like to go on dates?"
Reported Speech of a Request:
If we do not want to report a statement or a question but a request, the reported speech is formed differently. Instead of using the simple past form of the verb in the original sentence, we use the infinitive.
Rep. verb + to + infinitive
Direct speech: Talk to her!
Indirect speech: She told me to talk to her.
Rep. verb + not to + infinitive
Direct speech: Don't worry!
Reported speech: He told me not to worry.
Did you know I like you? Don't lie!
Don't worry about the money! I want to pay for you.
Let me help you. Here, take my hand!
Don't forget to text me when you get home!
Am I nervous?
Were you nervous?
Are you nervous?
Did you live in a flat?
Do you live in a flat?
Have you lived in a flat?
He enjoys my company!
I enjoyed your company!
I enjoy your company!
I want to see him again!
I want to see you again!
I wanted to see you again!
He has a sister.
I have a sister.
I mentioned he has a sister.
Believe in yourself!
Tell me to believe in myself!
Believe me in myself!
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