reported speech Changing verb tenses: Note that the Past Perfect Simple and the Past Perfect Continuous do not change. Direct speech Reported speech Present Simple ➙ Past Simple Present Continuous ➙ Past Continuous Present Perfect Simple ➙ Past Perfect Simple Present Perfect Continuous ➙ Past Perfect Continuous Past Simple ➙ Past Perfect Simple Future ➙ Conditional Imperative ➙ Infinitive
reported speech Look at the girl on the right. We would turn the statement into the reported speech by changing: I love mynew dress. ➙ the verb from the present simple to the past simple ➙ the personal pronoun I to she ➙ the possessive pronoun my to her The sentence would then be: The girl said she loved her new dress.
reported speech There are several reporting verbs we can use: ➙ The most commonly used one is to say. She said she was studying. ➙ When the person who we are talking to is referred, we can use to tell. You told me you liked your new dress. ➙ We may report something that was said without keeping to the original words, the reporting verb itself may contain that idea or intention. The verbs here can be: to admit, to advise, to agree, to remind, to suggest, to encourage, to insist, to persuade, to warn, to refuse, to urge, among others. - I admit it, I did it! She admitted she did it.