English – Reported Speech

Reporting what others have said:


There are two ways to talk about something that someone told us.
1. We can quote the person.
Cheryl said “I’m busy.”
or
2. We can change the verb tense and change the pronoun (I becomes he/she)
Cheryl said she was busy.
*#2 is the most natural way to use reported speech. It’s the way I use almost every time!

Here are some more examples.
Mark said, “I only have $20.”
Mark said he only had 20 dollars.

Kevin said, “I’m not worried about it.”
Kevin said he wasn’t worried about it.

Philip said, “I’m going to leave.”
Philip said he was going to leave.
“The research team said they weren’t happy with the results of the test.”

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