Indirect speech tense changes 9B

Hi dear grade 9,

Below you will find a PDF file that explains the tense and expression changes. Read them and then answer the questions. Questions and people responsible to answer them are below.

REPORTED SPEECH TENSE CHANGES

Decide whether the following statements are true or false. Explain why in either case. 

1. The direct statement Carlos said “We have been very busy” can be reported Carlos said we’d be very busy.

2. The direct statement Gloria said “My dad would go to the movies if he liked them” can be reported Gloria said her dad will go to the movies if he likes them.

3. When Carl went to England, he said, “We are having a great time here this weekend”. This statement can be reported Carl said they were having a great time here this weekend.

4. The weather forecaster said, “It might rain in the evening”. Her statement can be reported The weather forecaster said it might rain in the evening.

5. The direct statement Luz said, “We must find a solution.” can’t be reported Luz said they must find a solution.

BUENDÍA DUQUE, BIANCA

1

DURÁN TORRES, SOFÍA

1

GÓMEZ CUBILLOS, JULIANA

1

LÓPEZ PÉREZ, MARIA PAULA

2

MEDINA PARDO, MANUELA

2

OCHOA CALDERÓN, CAROLINA

2

PEREA SILVA, VALENTINA

3

PEREZ CALVO, DANIELA

3

PERILLA LIEVANO, MARIA JOSE

3

ROJAS POLO, LAURA MARIA

4

RUBIO VENEGAS, MÓNICA ANDREA

4

VELA BERNAL, DANIELA

5

VILLARREAL HERNANDEZ, VALENTINA

5

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26 Comments

  1. María Paula López

     /  February 16, 2014

    False. This statement is wrong because it is a conditional so it remains the same in reported speech

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  2. Maria Jose Perilla 9b

     /  February 16, 2014

    3. (False) Because in reported speech, we need to change the words this and here to that and there for keeping the original meaning of the sentence in direct speech, so the correct reported statement would be Carl said they were having a great time there that weekend.

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  3. Monica Rubio

     /  February 16, 2014

    Answer 4: It is false bacause when a sentence is in direct speech and it becomes indirect speech the main verb must change into a past tense, it means that might needed to change to may. It is also false because when in direct speech it says this evening in indirect it needs to be that evening.

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    • Sorry Moni. That is not correctly explained. 😦

      The statement is TRUE! There is no change because the verb “MIGHT” is being used and modal verbs such as “should”, “could”, “might” and “ought to” NEVER change when being reported.

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  4. Juliana Gómez

     /  February 16, 2014

    This statement is false because the quoted part is in present perfect and it uses the subject “we” so the reported statement should be in past perfect and it should use the subject “they”.

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  5. Manuela Medina

     /  February 16, 2014

    2. The statement is false because it says that when we have a conditional sentence in the direct statement, the reported one stays the same.

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  6. Laura Rojas

     /  February 16, 2014

    4.(False) Because that sentence when it is transformed to reported speech there are some things that have to be modified: the word might must change to may, and “in that evening” has to be changed into “on that evening”.

    Reply
    • Sorry Lau, that is wrong 😦

      The statement is TRUE! There is no change because the verb “MIGHT” is being used and modal verbs such as “should”, “could”, “might” and “ought to” NEVER change when being reported.

      Reply
  7. Carolina ochoa

     /  February 16, 2014

    Its false because the verb in reported speech should stay the same we cant changed it to “will”because it is a conditional

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  8. Valentina perea

     /  February 16, 2014

    The statment is falsa because in reported speech we need to change the words this and here to that and there.

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  9. Daniela perez

     /  February 16, 2014

    False, it is incorrect because when we transform a sentence to indirect speech, we have to do some changes. In this case from “here” to “there” and from “this” to “that”.
    The correct sentence would be “Carl said they were having a great time there that weekend”

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  10. Daniela Vela

     /  February 16, 2014

    5 is false because “must” is a modal verb that when it is used in direct speech and after [IT IS] passed to indirect, [IT] has to change to “had to”. The correct way to report the sentence would be Luz said they had to find a solution.

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  11. Bianca Buendía

     /  February 17, 2014

    Question 1

    (f) Because the quoted is in present perfect so the reported should be in past perfect. It should be – Carlos said they had been very busy.

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  12. Sofia Durán (9b)

     /  February 17, 2014

    It is false, because the quoted part is in present perfect, this means that when we change it to reported, it should change to past perfect. Besides, It has to be “Carlos said they had been very busy” Instead of “Carlos said we…”

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  13. Valentina villarreal

     /  February 17, 2014

    Answer 5: False

    Because when we report that sentence[,] we should change “must” by “had to” because must is a modal verb. The correct reported sentence is: Luz said they had to find a solution

    Reply
    • Yes, that is a good explanation, but the reason why “must” is changed to “had to” is not because it is a modal verb. It would imply that ALL modal verbs change to “had to”, do they?

      Reply

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