Hallo. it‟s me,SarahHallo, Sarah, it‟sme, Bob. May I talkwith your brother.He is not here.Well, tell yourbrother that I will goto the cinema at 7.
“James, bob calledyou. He said thathe would go to thecinema at 7.”
Reported speech• Direct:Caroline said, “I want to go home”• Indirect:Caroline said that she wanted togo home.
Pronoun• Direct: He said, ‘I saw the accident.‟• Indirect: He said that he had seen theaccident.• Direct: He said to me, „You have to tell thetruth.‟• Indirect: He told me that I had to tell thetruth.
Pronoun• Direct: She said, „I watch the footballmatch with my boyfriend.‟Indirect: She told that she watched thegame with her boyfriend.• Direct: She said, „They have invited thepresident to this ceremony.‟Indirect: She said that they had invited thepresident to this ceremony.
Direct IndirectPresent/ future tenseThe reporter said, “ACMilan defeat MU 2-0”Past tenseThe reporter said thatAC Milan defeated MU2-0.Present continuousThe police said, “weare investigating thecase.”Past continuousThe police tell that theywere investigating thecase.Past tenseShe said, “thepassenger died at 10p.m.”Past perfect tenseShe announced thatthe passenger had diedat 10 p.m.
• He said, “I have been working asa firefighter for 5 years.• He said that he had been workingas a firefighter for 5 years.
• Fergusson said, “Barcelona can‟tbeat us on this match.”• Fergusson said that Barcelonacouldn‟t beat them on on thismatch.”