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Grammar Review 4. Reported Speech Reported speech/indirect speech What is reported speech? Imagine that it is Monday morning. You meet John in a cafe.

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2 Grammar Review 4. Reported Speech

3 Reported speech/indirect speech What is reported speech? Imagine that it is Monday morning. You meet John in a cafe. During your conversation he says, Oh! By the way, Ive found a new job. On Wednesday afternoon you meet Ann in the supermarket and you want to give her Johns news. What do you say? Blah blah, Oh! and he told me that he had found a new job. This is reported speech. We use it when we tell another person what somebody has said or repeat something said from a previous conversation.

4 Reported Speech Direct Speech: is the exact words someone said. We use quotation marks in Direct Speech. He said, Ill wait for you. Reported Speech: is the exact meaning of what someone said but not in the exact words. We do not use quotation marks in reported speech. He said that he would wait for me

5 We use say and tell in reported speech Say We use say in direct speech. She said to me, Im very tired. But we also use say in Reported speech when say is not followed by the person the words were spoken to. She said (that) she was very tired Tell We use tell in Reported speech when tell is followed by the person the words were spoken to. She told me (that) she was very tired. She told John (that) she was very tired. She told the police (that) she was very tired

6 We can report: Remember: As well as the verb to be (is/am/are was/were) Certain words change in Reported speech. Direct speech: this/these here come Reported that/those there go This is my book, he said. He said that was his book. Can changes to could Will changes to would May changes to might Must changes to had to A. Satements B. Questions C. Commands Requests Suggestions

7 Reported Statements To report statements we use a reporting verb (say, tell, advise, explain, promise etc) followed by a that-clause. In spoken English that may be omitted. Pronouns and possessive adjectives change according to the meaning. DS. He said, I cant fix it myself. RS. He said he couldnt fix it himself.

8 When the reporting verb is in the Past the verb tenses change as follows: Direct Speech Present simple: I cant remember your name, she said. Present Continuous: Shes speaking to Fred, he said. Present Perfect: Ive bought you some flowers, he said. Past Simple: We missed the bus, they said. Future: Ill met you later, he said. Reported speech Past simple: She said she couldnt remember my name. Past Continuous: He said she was speaking to Fred. Past Perfect: He said he had bought me some flowers. Past perfect: They said that they had missed the bus. Conditional: He said he would meet me later.

9 Time expressions change as follows Direct Speech tonight, today, this week, this month, this year, now, now that, yesterday, last night/week/month/year tomorrow, next week/month/year two days/months/years/etc. ago Reported Speech that night, that day, that week that month, that year, then, at that time, at once, immediately, since the day before, the previous day the night before, the previous week/month/year. the day after, the following day, the next week/month/year two days/months/years etc. before

10 Reported Questions In Reported questions we use affirmative word order and the question mark is omitted. To report a wh-question, we use ask followed by the question word (who, what, where etc). When there is no question word in direct questions (an auxilliary question – do, can etc) if or whether is used in reported questions. Pronouns, possesive adjectives, tenses, time expressions etc. change as in statements. DS. He asked, what time is it. RS. He asked what time it was. DS. He asked me, Do you know her? RS. He asked me if/whether I knew her. Notice the change in word order!

11 Reported Commands/Requests/Suggestions To report commands, requests, suggestions etc. we use a reporting verb (order, ask, tell, advise, offer, warn, beg, suggest*, promise etc) followed by a to-infinitive or a not to-infinitive. Note. *suggest is followed by the –ing form. DS. He said,shall we go by train. RS. He suggested going by train. DS. He said to them,Stop talking. RS. He told them to stop talking. DS. He said to me, Dont touch it. RS. He told me not to touch it Notice the change in word order!

12 Reported Speech. A Role Play situation You are in a hairdressers in Hollywood. In groups of 3 use the role play cards to act out this situation. Student 1 is the hairdresser. Student 2 is a famous pop singer. Student 3 is a hard of hearing customer. S1. How old are you? S2. Im 27. S3. What did you ask? S1. I asked her how old she was. S3. What did she say? S1. She said she was 27. Students 2 and 3 are under the hairdryers S1. Where do you live? S2. I live in New York. S3. What did you ask? S1. I asked her where she lived. S3. What did she say? S1. She said she lived in New York.

13 Possible role play prompt cards for previous role play situation How old are you? Where do you live? Are you married? Have you ever been to Madrid before? Do you like Spanish food? Are you staying here long? Have you visited Toledo? Whos your favourite actor? Are you making a new LP? Do you like sports cars? Do you earn lots of money? When did you start singing ? Do you write your own songs? Are you going to try acting? Do you work hard? Can you fly a plane? Do you play squash? Whats your favourite food? Are you happy with your life? Will you be making any more records? What did you do last year? Where are you going tomorrow? Have you got any children? Where did you go yesterday?

14 Activity 1. There has been a robbery. Report the policemans questions to the Factory Manager. Click on the number to check. 1 Whats your name? 2. Did you see the thieves? 3. What were they wearing? 5. What did they steal? 6.Has this ever happened before? 7. Would you recognize them again. 1.The policeman asked him what his name was……………. 2. The policeman asked him………… if he saw the thieves. 3. The policeman asked him………. what they were wearing 4. The policeman asked him………. how he thought they got in. 5. The policeman asked him……….. what they had stolen. 6. The policeman asked him……….. if this had ever happened before 7. The policeman asked him………… if he would recognise them again 4. How do you think they got in


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