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Postby simonwai99 » Tue Oct 12, 2004 4:13 pm

Hi teachers,
i am realy confused with reported speech
are there any sites for me to look into reported speech

7. Phil asked me: "Were you at the party, too?"
Phil asked me ._______________________

9. Ann asked Kate: "Did you really write this story?"
Ann asked Kate ._______________________.


I found these 2 sentences on a site
my answers are if i had been at the party too (7)
and she had really written that story.(9)

But i got them wrong
since there are no answers provided
so i am here to ask for help
thx
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Re: 2 sentences

Postby Dixie » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:25 pm

simonwai99 wrote:H
7. Phil asked me: "Were you at the party, too?"
Phil asked me ._______________________

9. Ann asked Kate: "Did you really write this story?"
Ann asked Kate ._______________________.




7. Phil asked me if I was at the party, too.
9. Ann asked Kate if she had really written that story.
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Postby Alan » Wed Oct 13, 2004 9:39 am

Strictly speaking, #1 should be '...if I HAD BEEN at the party too'.

Informally (and esp. in AmE), however, unshifted preterites are often encountered.
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