Reported SpeechWhat is it? How do you use it?Yesterday, I sawmy friend Pamela!She told me thatshe got apromotion!
Reported Speechis the grammar we use when we want to tell anotherperson about a conversation that took place in the past.W...
How to use reported speech:When we use reported speech, we areusually talking about the past.Therefore, verbs usually chan...
am / is become wasare becomes werehave / has become hadcan / can’t becomecouldcouldn’twill / won’t becomewouldwouldn’t
Reported speech typically uses the followingstructure:Someone said (that) … Sentence, pastORSomeone told me (that) … Sente...
Examples of reportingwhat someone said . . .I talked to Sandra yesterday. She wastelling me about her job. Her job is quit...
Sandra said, “I’m not happy at myjob anymore. I think I’ll quit.Now you want to tell someone else what Sandrasaid. In this...
When a person told you something in the pasttense, you can use either the past tense orthe past perfect after the “said” p...
You will hear native speakersuse both the past and pastperfectin this situation;However, it’s much easier to just putevery...
Examples for practice:1. Shawn said:“I don’t feel like going to the movies tonight.”Reported speech:Shawn said that he did...
. . . And more examples:3. The counselor said:“I’ll always be available for your students.”Reported speech:The counselor s...
Do you understand reportedspeech better NOW than youdid BEFORE?Keep practicing!!!And please . . . askif you need assistanc...
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  1. 1. Reported SpeechWhat is it? How do you use it?Yesterday, I sawmy friend Pamela!She told me thatshe got apromotion!
  2. 2. Reported Speechis the grammar we use when we want to tell anotherperson 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 fromsomeone 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’tpaying attention and hit his car.
  3. 3. How to use reported speech:When we use reported speech, we areusually talking about the past.Therefore, verbs usually change to thepast tense in reported speech.
  4. 4. am / is become wasare becomes werehave / has become hadcan / can’t becomecouldcouldn’twill / won’t becomewouldwouldn’t
  5. 5. Reported speech typically uses the followingstructure:Someone said (that) … Sentence, pastORSomeone told me (that) … Sentence,pastHowever, in English, you can NEVER saySomeone said me . . .
  6. 6. Examples of reportingwhat someone said . . .I talked to Sandra yesterday. She wastelling me about her job. Her job is quitestressful. Sandra said:“I’m not happy atmy job anymore.I think I’ll quit.”
  7. 7. Sandra said, “I’m not happy at myjob anymore. I think I’ll quit.Now you want to tell someone else what Sandrasaid. In this situation, it’s natural to usereported speech: You can say:Sandra told me that shehappy at her job anymoreand she shequit.
  8. 8. When a person told you something in the pasttense, you can use either the past tense orthe past perfect after the “said” phrase.Example:Tim said:“I workedreally hardtoday.”past tensepast perfect tense
  9. 9. You will hear native speakersuse both the past and pastperfectin this situation;However, it’s much easier to just puteverything in the simple past tensewhen using reported speech, so . . .
  10. 10. Examples for practice: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 moviesthat night.2. Tina said:“My sister is coming to visit me soon.”Reported speech:Tina told me that her sister was coming to visither soon.
  11. 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 availablefor my students.4. The students said:“We want to do oral presentations in class so we canpractice speaking more.Reported speech:The students told me that they wantedto do oral presentations so they couldpractice speaking more.
  12. 12. Do you understand reportedspeech better NOW than youdid BEFORE?Keep practicing!!!And please . . . askif you need assistance!Congratulations!

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