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Apprendre l'anglais > Cours & exercices d'anglais > Exercices d'anglais > test d'anglais n°42585 : Discours indirect
When we report a statement,we have to respect some rules.
If the reporting verb (to tell or to say) is in the past,the verb of the reported statement is usually changed into a form of the past.
Ex:Lynda:'I'm not feeling well.'/ DIRECT STATEMENT.
Lynda said that she was not feeling well / reported statement.
1_If in the direct statement the verb is in the simple present,in the reported statement the verb will be changed into the simple past.
Ex:Lynda: 'I wash my clothes every Friday.' /Lynda told me that she washed her clothes every Friday. .
2_If in the direct statement the verb is in the present continuous,in the reported statement,the verb will be changed into the past continuous
Ex:Lynda:I am watching TV / Lynda said that she was watching TV.
3_if in the direct statement the verb is in the past,in the reported statement,the verb will be changed into the past perfect
Ex:Lynda:'I went to Paris last year.' / Lynda told me that she had gone to Paris the year before.
4_can will be changed into could
Ex:Lynda:'I can't come to the party.'/ Lynda told me that she couldn't come to the party.
5_may will be changed into might
Ex:Lynda: 'I may go out of town this weekend.' / Lynda said that she might go out of town this weekend.
6_will will be changed into would
Ex:Lynda:'I will take care of my sister's baby.'/Lynda told me that she would take care of her sister's baby.
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