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HOME > ENGLISH GRAMMAR EXERCISES > Reported speech (indirect) 3

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topic: REPORTED SPEECH (indirect) 3 | level: Intermediate

REMEMBER: With reported speech, the pattern is the following:
1. simple present becomes simple past
2. future tenses become conditional
3. present continuous becomes past continuous
4. present perfect becomes past perfect
5. commands (ex. come!) become infinitive (ex. to come)

Choose the best (most grammatically correct) response:

1. "My grandfather is going to cook dinner for us".
She told me that her grandfather ________ dinner for us.
  would cook
  would be cooking

2. "I loved him very much".
My sister told me that she ________ him very much.
  was loving
  would love

3. "Marta is learning Vietnamese".
He told me that Marta ________ Vietnamese.
  will learn
  was learning

4. "Yeah, I've been to Greece.".
My friend told me that he ________ to Greece.
  had been

5. "I'll talk to the general about this".
The colonel said that he ________ to the general about this.
  would talk
  will talk

6. "Tell me your name".
She asked me ________ her my name.
  to tell

7. "I run a successful design studio".
Victor told the man that he ________ a successful design studio.
  was running

8."I am a good dancer".
She told me that she ________ a good dancer.
  will be

9. "I have been to that bar.".
He told me that he ________ to that bar.
  had been
  will have been
  is being

10. "I am writing an email to my girlfriend."
He told me that he ________ an email to his girlfriend.
  is writing
  was writing

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