Reported speech 9B

Hi dear grade 9B girls,

Below you will find PDF file 1 and 2 that explain the tense and expression changes. Read them and then answer the questions. Questions and people responsible to answer them are below.

ONLY UNTIL ALL THE GIRLS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE QUESTION REPLY, YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC.

PDF 1 REPORTED SPEECH NOTES

PDF 2 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 reportedThe 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.
Student Question
ÁLVAREZ ARBOLEDA, MARÍA PAULA 1
AMADOR CUENCA, JULIANA 1
ARENAS BUSTOS, VALENTINA 1
BEDOYA MALAGÓN, ANA MARÍA 1
BURGOS PAVAJEAU, MARIANELLA 2
CADAVID FORERO, VALENTINA 2
CORREDOR JARAMILLO, SOFIA 2
ESPARZA INFANTE, VALENTINA ANDREA 2
HARB JARAMILLO, SOPHIA 3
HERNANDEZ CARDOZO, MELISSA ANDREA 3
HERNANDEZ TORRES, INGRID VANESSA 3
LIZCANO LÓPEZ, NATALIA 3
MARIN ARAGON, SOFIA 4
MIRANDA AREVALO, LAURA SOFIA 4
MORALES NARVAEZ, ISABELLA 4
MORENO DIAZ, ALEJANDRA 4
MORENO ROMERO, MARIA JOSE 5
PARRA TORRES, MELISSA 5
RIVEROS SIERRA, LAURA GABRIELA 5
TRIANA BRIGANTE, VALENTINA 5
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41 Comments

  1. Maria Paula Alvarez

     /  September 22, 2015

    False.
    The correct report is: Carlos said (that) they had been very busy.
    The subject and the tense change.

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  2. Ana María Bedoya

     /  September 22, 2015

    It is false. In this case we do need to change the tense, so “have been”, that is in present perfect, must be reported as “had been/’d been”, which is past perfect (that’s why we use the past participle of the verb to be). That means that the statement Carlos said “we have been very busy” can be reported as Carlos said we’d been very busy (if the listener is included) or Carlos said they’d been very busy (if the listener is not included).

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  3. Marianella Burgos

     /  September 22, 2015

    It is false
    It can be reported Gloria said her dad would go to the movies if he had liked them.
    Because would doesn´t change for reported speech so it stays the same as in direct speech and the verb liked in simple past shifts back to past perfect

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    • Good try, but I believe you didn’t read the PDF file. It says that you cannot change certain kinds of conditionals like this one. So the result clause does not change to past perfect.

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  4. True, the direct statement luz said, “we must find a solution.” Can’t be reported Luz said they must find a solution, it can be reported Luz said they had to find a solution

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  5. Valentina Triana

     /  September 22, 2015

    It`s true, because we can’t say that. We say, Luz said that they had to find a solution because we have to change must to had to.

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  6. Valentina arenas

     /  September 22, 2015

    False , because when you transform that sentence into indirect speech you have to use the verb have in past and the rest of teh sentence stays the same. So the correct sentece will be : carlos said we’d been very busy

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  7. Sofia Marin

     /  September 22, 2015

    4. (T) This statement is true because, the verb might is used, and this modal verb never change when being reported

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  8. Isabella morales

     /  September 22, 2015

    The answer 4 is true because when you have might in the direct speech, yo keep it the same in the indirect speech

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  9. Melissa Hernandez

     /  September 22, 2015

    The statement 3 is false because even though the change in tense is correct there are two mistakes:
    The first one is that when we use “here” in Direct Speech we change it to “there” when reported.
    The second one is that when we use “this weekend” in Direct Speech we change it to “that weekend” when reported.
    So the statement can be reported Carl said they were having a great time there that weekend.

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  10. Sofía Corredor

     /  September 22, 2015

    False. The correct way is: “My dad said he WILL (not would) go to the movies if he liked them. ” “Gloria said her dad WOULD (not will) go to the movies if he like (not likes) them.”

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  11. Alejandra

     /  September 22, 2015

    4.It´s true because as “might” is in direct speech you can´t change it to “may”, you have to leave it with the same modal verb “might”. You can only change it to “may” when “might” is in the indirect speech.

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    • Very good answer Ale! Only a few corrections. 🙂

      It´s true because as “might” is in direct speech[,] you can´t change it to “may”, you have to leave it with the same modal verb “might”. You can only change it to “may” when “might” is in the indirect speech. This last part can be confusing.

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  12. Juliana Amador

     /  September 22, 2015

    False.
    The correct form will be : Carlos said they had been very bussy.
    We change the “have been” that is is present perfect to “had been” that is past perfect.

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  13. María José Moreno

     /  September 22, 2015

    it is true. because when you change must into a indirect speech, you use “had to” not “must”. so the correct sentence will be: luz said ( that ) they had to find a solution.

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  14. Melissa Parra Torres

     /  September 22, 2015

    it’s true. you can’t replace: Luz said, “We must find a solution” by: Luz said they must find a solution. it would be replaced by: “Luz said that they had to find a solution”

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  15. Laura Sofia Miranda Arevalo

     /  September 22, 2015

    The answer for the statement #4 is true, because when we turn a statement that is with direct speech to indirect speech might stays the same, it doesn’t change.

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  16. Valentina Cadavid

     /  September 22, 2015

    It is false . because you don’t change would in a reported speech , the correct form will be: Gloria said her dad would go to the movies if he had liked them

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  17. laura

     /  September 22, 2015

    (False.)
    It can be reported as: Gloria said that her dad would go the movies if he liked them.

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  18. Valentina Esparza

     /  September 22, 2015

    false.
    In indirect speech we cant use will,,the sentence also will be with would . the correct form will be :Gloria said her dad would go to the movies if he likes them.

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  19. Natalia Lizcano

     /  September 22, 2015

    False. This statement can´t be reported using the word here because it´s necessary to use the word there instead of here in order for the sentence to have sense.

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  20. Vanessa Hernandez

     /  September 22, 2015

    3. (False) This statement is not correct because in a reported speech, you have to change some words, in this case, you have to change here to there and this weekend to that weekend.
    -Correction: Carl said they were having a great time there that weekend.

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  21. Sophia Harb

     /  September 23, 2015

    3.False.
    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 there that weekend.

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