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English Language for Exams Part 27 #EL #CE

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Reporting Verbs

Said, told and asked are the most common verbs used in indirect speech.

We use asked to report questions:-

For example: I asked Prema what time the lesson started.

We use told with an object.

For example: Sasikala told me she felt tired.

Note – Here me is the object.

We usually use said without an object.

For example: Sophy said she was going to teach online.

If said is used with an object we must include to ;

For example: Romy said to me that she’d never been to China.

Note – We usually use told.

For example: Aruna told me that she’d never been to China.

There are many other verbs we can use apart from said, told and asked.

These include:-

accused, admitted, advised, alleged, agreed, apologised, begged, boasted, complained, denied, explained, implied,

invited, offered, ordered, promised, replied, suggested and thought.

Using them properly can make what you say much more interesting and informative.

For example:

He asked me to come to the party:-

He invited me to the party.

He begged me to come to the party.

He ordered me to come to the party.

He advised me to come to the party.

He suggested I should come to the party.

Use of ‘That’ in reported speech

In reported speech, the word that is often used.

For example: He told me that he lived in Germany

However, that is optional.

For example: He told me he lived in Germany

!Note – That is never used in questions, instead we often use if.

For example: He asked me if I would come to the party.

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