Reported speech is all about repeating what someone said, but going a tense back.
Direct speech statements.
- Antwone fisher is my favorite drama movie.
- I hope children of all ages will love the new book.
- I think I’ve just swum the length of the Nile river.
- I feel quite tired.
Reported speech statements.
- Arsenio Buck said Antwone Fisher was his favorite drama movie.
- He told us he hoped children of all ages would love the new book.
- He said that he thought he had just swum the length of the Nile River.
- He told the interviewer that he felt quite tired.
Rules: verbs go back a tense when you use reported speech.
Direct Speech Reported Speech
Present simple Past simple
present continuous Past continuous
past simple Past perfect
present perfect Past perfect
must/have to Must/had to
Complete the sentences with said or told.
- He __________ he sometimes wore bandanas.
- He __________ me he had come to Thailand from Ethiopia.
- He __________ us that he could jump over the wall.
- He __________ that he was working as a journalist.
- He __________ us he didn’t like Som Tum.
- He __________ that he didn’t know how to get to the supermarket.