Reported Speech – Indirect Speech
Let’s examine this statement:
Sam said, “Peter, I know English.”
Step 1 – Who said?
Step 2 – What did Sam say?
“I know English.”
Step 3 – To whom did Sam tell?
Sam told this to Peter.
Answer is – Sam told Peter that he knew English.
Did you notice that:
- Said changed to told;
- A new word, that, was added;
- Present tense changed to Past tense!
Read another statement:
Peter said, “Sam, I too know English.”
- Who said? Peter
- What did Peter say? “I too know English.”
- To whom did Peter say? To Sam.
Answer is: Peter told Sam that he too knew English.
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