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Reported speech

Exercise 1

1. Mary said, “I will play a card game tomorrow.”

Mary informed me that she would play a card game the next day.

2. Sophie said, “I went to bed early last night.”

Sophie said that she had gone to bed early the previous night.

3. The teacher said to Jenny, „You have to learn your grammar.”

The teacher told Jenny that she had to learn her grammar.

4. Jessica told the immigration officer,” This is my first trip to England.”

Jessica told the immigration officer that was her first trip to England.

5. He told me, “You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.”

He told me that I was the most beautiful girl she had ever seen.

6. Marty said, “I’m going to visit my uncle next month.”

Marty said that he was going to visit his uncle the following month.

7. Lara said, “I get on with my parents really fine.”

Lara said that she got on with her parents really fine.

8. Gloria explained, “I can’t come to the party because I’m going away for the weekend.”

Gloria explained that she couldn’t come to the party because she was going away for the weekend.

9. Mark said, “My friend found a new job in the music business.”

Mark said that his friend had found a new job in the music business.

10. Judy complained, “I have already written this essay four times.”

Judy complained that she had already written this essay four times.

11. Peter announced, “I will not give up until this factory is shut down.”

Peter announced that he wouldn’t give up until this factory was shut down.

12. Her boyfriend told her,” You have bought a wonderful dress.”

Her boyfriend told her that she had bought a wonderful dress.

13. Paul said, “I don’t like my new flat.”

Paul said that he didn’t like his new flat.

14. My father told Ben, “I am sure I saw you here last week.

My father told Ben that he was sure he had seen him here the previous week.

15. Betty said, „If I knew the answer, I would tell you.”

Betty said that if she had known the answer, she would have told him.

Exercise 2

1.He works in a bank.

She said that he worked in a bank.

2.We went out last night.

She said that they had gone out last night.

3.I’m coming!

She said that she was coming.

4.I was waiting for the bus when he arrived.

She said that she had been waiting for the bus when he arrived.

5.I’d never been there before.

She said that she had never been there before.

6.I didn’t go to the party.

She said that she hadn’t gone to the party.

7.Lucy will come later.

She said that Lucy would come later.

8.He hasn’t eaten breakfast.

She said that he hadn’t eaten breakfast.

9.I can help you tomorrow.

She said that she could help me tomorrow.

10.You should go to bed early.

She said that I should go to bed early.

11.I don’t like chocolate.

She said that she didn’t like chocolate.

12.I won’t see you tomorrow.

She said that she wouldn’t see me tomorrow.

13.She’s living in Paris for a few months.

She said that she was living in Paris for a few months.

14.I visited my parents at the weekend.

She said that she had visited her parents at the weekend.

15.She hasn’t eaten sushi before.

She said that she hadn’t eaten sushi before.

16.I hadn’t travelled by underground before I came to London.

She said that she hadn’t travelled by underground before she came to London.

17.They would help if they could.

She said that they would help if they could.

18.I’ll do the washing-up later.

She said that she would do the washing-up later.

19.He could read when he was three.

She said that he could read when he was three.

20.I was sleeping when Julie called.

She said that she had been sleeping when Julie called.

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