Reported speech a case for sherlock holmesPresentation Transcript
Follow-up: Reported speech
Old Mr Moneybag, a very rich old man, was killed last night. A case for Sherlock Holmes and Mr Watson! Here is what the people in the house told Watson.
The widow… Mrs Moneybag: “ I am very sad. I cannot believe that he is dead. I loved my husband very much! We led a very happy marriage. We have been married for thirty-five years now and I can't imagine my life without him. Gregory was such a good husband.”
“ My uncle was often sad. We had tea together only last week and he told me that his marriage wasn't so happy after all. I last saw him at 6 o’clock yesterday. He was entering the house. I am very sad.”
Mr Green: “ I haven’t seen him for days. He hasn’t been in the garden. My boss wasn't interested in my work. He only cared for money. Well, his wife is different, and so I am very happy that I have the opportunity of working here.” The gardener…
Mr Fast: “ I won’t find a better employer here. I will leave tomorrow, but never forget him. Mr Moneybag employed me twenty years ago, and he has always been kind and generous. I believe there were problems in his marriage, but he never talked about it." The butler…
I have lived together with my wife, Marjorie Moneybag, for the last 35 years, but I don’t love her any more. I found out that she has been unfaithful to me: She has had an love affair with our gardener, Mr Willie Green. I cannot forgive her. My heart belongs to my beloved niece, Miss Susie Campbell, who will receive all my money and all my belongings in case of my death. Marjorie shall get nothing because of her love affair with this horrible Scotsman.
London, November 13th, 2010
Who killed Mr Moneybag…? Let‘s take a closer look now.
Sherlock Holmes tells Watson about the alibis. We use the reported speech to say indirectly what another person said.
Tenses in reported speech tenses simple present simple past present progressive past progressive simple past past perfect present perfect past perfect past perfect past perfect will would can could may might shall should
Adverbials of time and place Adverbials of time / place yesterday the day before tomorrow the following day now then here there this that these those next the following
Other changes personal pronouns depending on the context! (no automatism) e.g. I he / she no changes with: could, would, might, should past perfect
Now let‘s practise!
Mrs Moneybag (widow): “ I am very sad. I cannot believe that he is dead. I love my husband very much!” Mrs Moneybag said that… she was very sad. She could not believe that he was dead. She loved her husband very much.
“ My uncle was often sad. He told me that his marriage wasn't happy. I saw him at 6 o’clock yesterday. I am very sad.”
Miss Campbell said…
her uncle had often been sad. He had told her that his marriage hadn‘t been happy. She had seen him at 6 o‘clock the day before. She was very sad.
Mr Green: “ I haven’t seen my boss for days. He hasn’t been in the garden. My boss wasn't interested in my work. He only cared for money.“ Mr Green said that... he hadn‘t seen his boss for days. He hadn‘t been in the garden. His boss had only been interested in his work. He had only cared for money.
Mr Fast: “ I won’t find a better employer here. I will leave tomorrow. Mr Moneybag employed me twenty years ago.“ Mr Fast said… he wouldn‘t find a better employee there. He would leave the next day. Mr Moneybag had employed him twenty years before.