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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Reported Speech

 
 

Example chart of reported verb tenses:

Simple present

Simple past

Present continuous

Past continuous

Simple past

Past perfect

Past continuous

Past perfect continuous

Present perfect

Past perfect

Present perfect continuous

Past perfect continuous

Past perfect

No change


Examples sentences using reported speech:

Original statement / question

Reporting verb

Original verb tense

Reported verb tense

Reported speech sentence

John: The new caf has delicious coffee.

say

present

The coffee is delicious now, so the verb tense stays in the present.

John says that the caf has delicious coffee.

Susan: I am watching television.

tell

present

Susan is not watching television now.

Susan told me that she was watching television

Susan: I was watching television.

say

past

Susan is not watching television now.

Susan said that she had been watching television.

John: What is Susan doing?

ask

present

Susan is doing something when John asks and she is still doing it.

John asked what Susan is doing?

John: Is Susan watching television?

ask

present

John wants to know what Susan is doing at this time.

John asked what Susan is doing?