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Table of Reported Speech Tenses.

     TENSE CHANGE  IN  INDIRECT/REPORTED SPEECH:


     Present Simple tense into Past Simple
     Present Continuous tense into Past Continuous
     Present Perfect tense into Past Perfect 
     Present Perfect Continuous into Past Perfect Continuous
     Past Simple into Past Perfect
     Past Continuous into Past Perfect Continuous
     Past Perfect into Past Perfect
     Future simple, will into would 

     Am/Is/Are Going to into Was/Were Going to

     Future Continuous, will be into would be
      Future Perfect, will have into would have

 

 

Examples.

DIRECT SPEECH

INDIRECT/REPORTED SPEECH

                                                  PRESENT TENSE

                           PRESENT SIMPLE changes into PAST SIMPLE

He said, “I write a letter”

She said, “he goes to school daily”

They said, “we love our country”

He said, “he does not like computer”

He said that he wrote a letter.

He said that she went to school daily.

They said that they loved their country

He said that he did not like computer.

                PRESENT CONTINUOUS changes into PAST CONTINUOUS

He said, “he is listening to the music”

She said, “I am washing my clothes”

They said, “we are enjoying the weather”

I said, “it is raining”
She said, “I am not laughing”

He said that he was listening to the music.

She said that she was washing her clothes.

They said that they were not enjoying the weather.

She said that she was not laughing.

                         PRESENT PERFECT changes into PAST PERFECT

She said, “he has finished his work”

He said, “I have started a job”

I said, “she have eaten the meal”

They said, “we have not gone to New York.

She said that he had finished his work.

He said that he had started a job.

I said that she had eaten the meal.

They said that they had not gone to New York.

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS changes into PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS

He said, “I have been studying since 3 O’clock”

She said, “It has been raining for three days.”

I said, “She has been working in this office since 2007”

He said that he had been studying since 3 O’clock.

She said that it been raining for three days.

I said that she had been working in this office since 2007.

                                                      PAST TENSE

                             PAST SIMPLE changes into PAST PERFECT

He said to me, “you answered correctly”

John said, “they went to cinema” 

He said, “I made a table”
She said, “I didn’t buy a car”

He said to me that I had answered correctly.

John said that they had gone to cinema.

He said that he had made a table.

She said that she had not bought a car.

           PAST CONTINUOUS changes into PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS

They said, “we were enjoying the weather”

He said to me, “ I was waiting for you”

I said, “It was raining”
She said, “I was not laughing”

They said that they had been enjoying.

He said to me that he had been waiting for me.
I said that it had been raining.

She said that she not been laughing.

      PAST PERFECT changes into PAST PERFECT (tense does not change)

She said, “She had visited a doctor”

He said, “I had started a business”

I said, “she had eaten the meal”

They said, “we had not gone to New York.

She said that she had visited a doctor.

He said that he had started a business.

I said that she had eaten the meal.

They said they had not gone to New York.

                                                      FUTURE TENSE

FUTURE SIMPLE TENSE
WILL changes into WOULD

He said, “I will study the book”

She said, “I will buy a computer”

They said to me, “we will send you gifts”

I said, “I will not take the exam”

He said that he would study the book.

She said that she would buy a computer.

They said to me that they would send you gifts.

I said that I would not take the exam.

FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE
WILL BE changes into WOULD BE

I said to him, “ I will be waiting for him”

She said,” I will be shifting to new home”

He said, “I will be working hard”

He said, “he will not be flying kite”

I said to him that I would be waiting for him.

She said that she would be shifting to a new home.

He said that he would be working hard.

She said that he would not be flying kites.

FUTURE PERFECT TENSE
WILL HAVE changes into WOULD HAVE

He said, “I will have finished the work”

She said, “they will have passed the examination”

He said, “I will have gone”

He said that he would have finished the work.

She said that they would have passed the examination.

He said that he would have gone.

Note: The tense of reported speech may not change if reported speech is a universal truth though its reporting verb belongs to past tense.

Examples.
       Direct speech: He said, “Mathematics is a science”
       Indirect Speech: He said that mathematics is a science.
       Direct speech: He said, “Sun rises in east”
       Indirect Speech: He said that sun rises in east. (Tense didn’t change because                                    reported speech is a universal truth thought its reporting verb                                    belongs to past tense)

 

 

 

Indirect speech for sentence having MODALS, “can, may, must,

Present modals are changed to past modals

Direct Speech

Indirect Speech

Indirect speech for sentence having MODALS,
“can, may, must, should, ought to”

CAN changes into COULD

He said, “I can drive a car”

She said, “he can play a violin.”

They said, “we can climb on a hill”
He said that he could drive a car.

She said that he could play a violin.

They said that they can climb on a hill.

MAY changes into MIGHT

He said, “I may buy a computer”

She said, “he may visit a doctor.”

They said, “they may go to zoo”

He said that he might buy a computer.

She said that he might visit a doctor.

They said that they might go to zoo.

MUST changes into HAD TO

He said, “I must work hard”

She said, “they must carry on their work”

I said to him, “you must learn the test-taking strategies”

He said that he had to work hard.

She said that they had to carry on their work.

I said to him that he had to learn the test-taking strategies.

Indirect speech for sentence having MODALS, should, ought to, might, would, and could”

The modal will not change in indirect speech

Direct Speech

Indirect Speech

THESE MODALS DO NOT CHANGE
Would, could, might,  should, ought to”

Would

They said, “we would apply for a visa”

He said, “I would start a business.

She said, “I would appear in exam”

They said that they would apply for visa.

He said that he would start a business.

She said that she would appear in the exam.

Could

She said, “she could play a piano”

They said, “we couldn’t learn the lesson”

He said, “I could run faster”

She said that she could play a violin.

They said they couldn’t learn the lesson.

He said that he could run faster.

Might

He said, “guests might come”

She said, “it might rain”

John said, “I might meet him”

He said that guest might come.

She said that it might rain.

John said that he might meet him.

Should

He said, “I should avail the opportunity”

She said, “I should help a him”

They said, “we should take the exam”

He said that he should avail the opportunity.

She said that she should help him.

They said that they should take the exam.

Ought to

He said to me, “you ought to wait for him”

She said, “I ought to learn method of study”

They said, we ought to attend our classes”

He said to me that I ought to wait for him.

She said that she ought to learn method of study.

They said that they ought to attend their classes.

 

Reporting Verbs

We use reporting verbs to report what someone said more accurately than using say and tell.

Verb + infinitive

agree, decide, offer, promise, refuse, threaten

  • They agreed to meet on Friday.
  • He refused to take his coat off.

Verb + object + infinitive

advise, encourage, invite, remind, warn

  • Tom advised me to go home early.
  • She reminded me to telephone my mother.

Verb + gerund

deny, recommend, suggest

  • They recommended taking the bus.
  • She suggested meeting a little earlier.

Verb + object + preposition (+ gerund)

accuse, blame, congratulate

  • He accused me of taking the money.
  • They congratulated me on passing all my exams.

Verb + preposition + gerund

apologise, insist

  • They apologised for not coming.
  • He insisted on having dinner.

Verb + (that) + subject + verb

admit, agree, decide, deny, explain, insist, promise, recommend, suggest

  • Sarah decided (that) the house needed cleaning.
  • They recommended (that) we take the bus.
Changes in Reported Speech: Some words and phrases also change:
Demonstrative Adjectives
this→ that
these→ those
 
Adverbs of Place and Time:
here→ there
now→ then
today→ that day
yesterday→ the day before/the previous day
tomorrow→ the day after/ the following day
at this moment→ at that moment
last→ previous
next→ following
 
Personal Pronouns
I/you/he/etc.
 
Possessive Adjectives
my/your/his/etc.
 
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Fecha: 3/11/2017 | Creado por: Jesica Valeria
Categoria: PRACTISE