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Main reporting verbs

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Main reporting verbs

  1. 1. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech
  2. 2. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech SUGGEST+ “I think we should have a break soon”, she said to them. SUGGESTED She …………………………………………………..............…a break soon. Suggested (that) they should have/ theyhad Suggested having (THAT) clause To them (that) -ing
  3. 3. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech COMPLAIN “there’s no fresh air in the office”, the employee said to his workmates. COMPLAINED The employee……………………………………………..lack of air in the office. complained (that) there was complained about the (THAT ) clause To them (THAT) clause ABOUT/AGAINST +noun
  4. 4. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech DEMAND “The company wants their money back as soon as possible”, the manager said DEMANDED The manager……………………………………......... money back soon. Demanded (that) they GAVE their Demanded to have/ be given their (THAT) + past tense Ø To+infinitive
  5. 5. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech ADMIT “I commited some crimes in the past”, the man affirmed. ADMITTED The man………………………………………………………in the past. Admitted (that) he had commited crimes Admitted (to) having commited crimes ADMIT +TO + noun is also frequent: “The paramilitaries admitted to the illegal possession of arms”
  6. 6. USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4USE OF ENGLISH, PART 4 sentence transformationssentence transformations Main REPORTING VERBS used in indirect speech PROMISE “We’ll try harder in the second half, Sir”, the players said to the coach. PROMISED The players ………………………………………………………in the second half. . Promised (that) they would try harder Promised (HIM)to try harder (THAT) clause OBJECT without preposition) TO+INFINITIVE
  7. 7. SUCH……thatSUCH……that THAT... He got the job because he was an experiences lawyer SUCH He was……………………………………………………………he got the job. such an experienced lawyer (that) They felt relieved after they had finished their exams SUCH They felt………………………………..to finally finish all their exams. such a relief
  8. 8. SUCH…THATSUCH…THAT Liz commited too many mistakes. That’s why she failed the test. SUCH Liz commited………………………………………….that she failed the test. The cake is very delicious and you should try it. SUCH This is………………………………………………you should try it. he day was beautiful and the birds were all singing. SO The day ……………………………………………….all birds were singing. Such a lot of mistakes Such a delicious cake (that) Was so beautiful (that)

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