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Reported statements in the past

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Task - When the introduction is in past simple we have to go back a tense. In the first task you have to identify the tense of the sentence, write it into the correct box, then make a reported statement from it. Look at the example.

A��� Your mother will have been sewing my blanket for 10 hours by 5 p.m.

B���� I had been waiting for you for hours before the film.

C���� I like chocolate.

D��� I was riding a bike at 5 o�clock yesterday.

E���� You are cleaning your teeth now.

F���� I will win the election.

G��� I have swum 5 miles since 2 o�clock.

H��� You won the championship yesterday.

I���� I will have completed the task by 4 p.m.

J��� I had done the washing-up before it.

K���� I have been reading this book for 6 hours.

L���� I will be flying to New York this time tomorrow.



  • Present Simple
  • Past Simple

e.g.: I like chocolate.

She said to him she liked chocolate.

  • Present Continuous
  • Past Continuous

  • Present Perfect
  • Past Perfect

  • Present Perfect Continuous
  • Past Perfect Continuous

  • Past Simple
  • Past Perfect

  • Past Continuous
  • Past Perfect Continuous

  • Past Perfect
  • Past Perfect

  • Past Perfect Continuous
  • Past Perfect Continuous

  • Future Simple
  • would + V1

  • Future Continuous
  • would + be + V-ing

  • Future Perfect
  • would + have + V3

  • Future Perfect Continuous
  • would + have + been + V-ing

Task - Make indirect sentences in the past.

1)����� �My purse was found by the bus driver.� Mary to Peter

2)��� �My friend has his suit sewed.� Lily to the girls

3)��� �You will win the Nobel Prize.� She to me

4)��� �We often go to the cinema on Fridays.� They to Sam

5)��� �We�re going to send you an email with the further details.� Mr Barns to Mrs Johnson

6)��� �I was studying all day yesterday.� Eva to her mother

7)��� �I�ve been washing your dirty clothes all morning.� Tina to Ben

8)��� �I would like to organize our wedding reception.� She to me

9)��� �This time next week I will be lying on the beach in Costa Rica.� Lily to the girls

10) �You are reading this book too close.� The teacher to Phil


Task - Make indirect sentences in the past. Now the receiver (Y) is given in the direct sentence.

1)����� Mum: �Children, we have been digging the whole garden all afternoon.�

2)��� Greg: �Mother, I don�t really want to hurt you.�

3)��� Mrs Drill: �Philip, you have been rather rude to your parents.�

4)��� Ms Stone: �Margaret, your mother will be proud of you for this composition.�

5)��� Grandma: �Sam and Peter, the dinner is ready.�

6)��� Mrs Farrell: �Mr Kyle, my guests arrived an hour ago.�

7)��� Mr Marvel: �Mrs Lodge, I think your son is going out tonight.�

8)��� Daisy: �Lana, I am going to lose some weight.�

9)��� Doug: �Daddy, this Maths homework is too difficult for me.�

10) Tom: �Peggy, I�m leaving you for ever.�


Task � Connect the sentences using indirect speech in the past. The connector is given after the sentence.

1)����� �I�m writing a letter to my grandma now. Her birthday is today.� Tom to Peter - then and added that

2)��� �I have improved my invention. The design wasn�t good enough.� Frank to me - because

3)��� �I have been in this museum twice this month. The exhibition is so nice, so I decided to visit it again.� Anne to me - what�s more

4)��� �My students are going to take an entrance exam this week. This will be their biggest challenge.� Donna to Luke - as well as


Task � Make indirect sentences in the past. Be careful! There are modal verbs in the sentences.

1)����� �I should give up eating so much fatty food.� Peter to me

2)��� �You must finish your book.� Mary to Peter

3)��� �You can survive this nightmare.� They to Sam

4)��� �I mustn�t play with the matches.� Tim to Amy

5)��� �I used to play basketball.� Gavin to Bill

6)��� �We could help you if you needed.� They to Sam

7)��� �We needn�t hurry, we have plenty of time.� Elise to Mark

8)��� �I may catch the bus.� Ralph to Mary

9)��� �You ought to call the police.� Mum to dad

10) �You had better switch off the torch.� Davy to Lilly



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