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Reported speech intermediate


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This is a reported speech presentation to be used in order to know how it works.

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  • 1. Reported Speech What is it? How do you use it? Yesterday, I saw my friend Pamela! She told me that she got a promotion! ...yesterday ...today
  • 2. Reported Speech It is a grammatical structure that is used when we want to tell another person about a conversation that took place in the past.
    • We often use reported speech to . . .
    • 1. Give someone a telephone message :
    • Example: Ellen said she couldn’t come today because…
    2. Tell someone news that we heard from someone else: Example: Tom told me that he and Karen got engaged! 3. To report something that happened : Example: Sam said that the other driver wasn’t paying attention and hit his car.
  • 3. How to use reported speech:
    • When we use Reported Speech, we are usually talking about the past.
    • Therefore, verbs usually change to the past tense in Reported Speech.
    for example:
  • 4. am / is becomes was are becomes were have / has becomes had can / can’t becomes could couldn’t will / won’t becomes would wouldn’t
  • 5. Reported speech typically uses the following structure:
    • Someone said (that) … Sentence - past
    • OR
    • Someone told me (that) … Sentence- past
    • However, in English, you can NEVER say
    Someone said me . . .
  • 6. Examples of reporting what someone said . . .
    • I talked to Sandra yesterday. She was telling me about her job. Her job is quite stressful. Sandra said:
    “ I’m not happy at my job anymore. I think I’ll quit.”
  • 7. Sandra said, “ I’m not happy at my job anymore. I think I ’ll quit. Now you want to tell someone else what Sandra said. In this situation, it is natural to use Reported Speech: You can say: Sandra told me that she happy at her job anymore and she she quit. wasn't thought would
  • 8. When a person told you something in the past tense, you can use either the past tense or the past perfect tense after the “said” phrase.
    • Example :
    • Tim said:
    “ I worked really hard today.” Tim said that he worked really hard that day. Tim said that he had worked really hard that day. past tense past perfect tense
  • 9. You will hear native speakers use both the past and past perfect in this situation;
    • However, it is much easier to just put everything in the simple past tense when using reported speech, so . . .
  • 10. Examples to practise:
    • 1. Shawn said:
    • “ I don’t feel like going to the movies tonight .”
    • Reported speech:
    • Shawn said that he didn’t feel like going to the movies that night.
    • 2. Tina said:
    • “ My sister is coming to visit me soon.”
    • Reported speech:
    • Tina told me that her sister was coming to visit her soon.
    Be careful with pronouns!
  • 11. . . . And more examples:
    • 3. The counselor said:
    • “ I’ ll always be available for your students.”
    • Reported speech:
    • The counselor said that she would always be available for my students.
    • 4. The students said:
    • “ We want to do oral presentations in class so we can practise more speaking.
    • Reported speech:
    • The students told me that they wanted
    • to do oral presentations so they could practise more speaking.
  • 12. Do you understand reported speech better NOW than you did BEFORE ?
    • Keep practising!!!
    • And please . . . ask if you need some help!
    your teacher Fina Melgar Congratulations!