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John:  "I love chocolate cake." John told me _____ chocolate cake.

Mary:  "I lived in New York for five years. " Mary mentioned that _____ in New York for five years.

Susan:  "I'm in love with Brad Pitt." Susan confessed _____ in love with Brad Pitt.

Albert: "I ate a cheese sandwich for lunch." Albert told me _____ a cheese sandwich for lunch.

Angela:  "I can't come to the party tonight." Angela explained _____ to the party tonight.

Elizabeth: "Those flowers look beautiful." Elizabeth commented on the fact that _____ beautiful.

Rachel: "Michael and I are getting married next summer." Rachel announced that _____ next summer.

David: "You're right." David finally admitted _____.

Sunil: "I'm not going to accept their offer." Sunil confided that _____ their offer.

Charles: "I'm very hungry." Charles complained that _____.


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273 Comments on “Grammar: Reported Speech in English”


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Dear Madam
I thank you very much for your efforts & hard work to help people like me.
I loved above video abuot repported speech. i got it but what is reported speech when original sentence it a past perfect / past perfect continuous and future’s other 3 tenses.

Some more things i m not sure are . how would be negative sentence of this

1.she has a nice car.

she doesn’t have a nice car.
or
she doesn’t has a nice car.

Ravi
Burlington, Canada

Wednesday, December 10th 2008

    She doesn’t have a car

    Saturday, January 31st 2009

      has*

      Thursday, March 18th 2010

        sorry
        has is wrong

        Thursday, March 18th 2010

      She doesn’t have a car.

      Monday, October 25th 2010

        Hello Rebecca!!

        i love ur lectures, infact im now in love with this website. all of u are doing great.

        your lesson on reported speech is very clear n precised. it helped me a lot. but could u please, if possible, manage to record a lesson on “WH” words (like who, what, when, where, and how) reported speech with their affirmative, negative and interrogative also please try to cover the topic about “let” reported speech sentences.

        hoping to hear from you soon.
        thanks.

        Friday, April 15th 2011

        she told me that he doesn’t have a car

        Monday, July 18th 2011

    Hey! i can help you with this sentences:
    1. She has a nice car (Present Simple Tense)
    Angela said me that she had a nice car.
    2. she doesn’t have a nice car(the same tense)
    Angela mentioned that she didn’t has a nice car.
    there is nothing hard. you must also take it in next tense (present simple to past simple; present continuous to past continuous and so on).

    Friday, April 1st 2011

      James, sorry but you have done a mistake. Use always said without me. You have to use me as told me. An example: She told me she had a car or She said she had a car. Tks.

      Monday, April 4th 2011

    she doesn’t have a nice car because you’re usind DOES.
    You can say : She hasn’t a nice car

    Saturday, June 4th 2011

    hi hgnis 76;
    past perfect doesn’t change:
    She said, “The lesson had already started when he arrived.”= she said that she had already started when he arrived.
    past perfect continous doesn’t change:
    She said, “I’d already been teaching for five minutes.”=She said she’d already been teaching for five minutes.

    -she dosn’t have a nice car

    Friday, December 16th 2011

Dear hgnis76,

my English has a poor level but I’m sure “she doesn’t has a nice car” is ungrammatical. Only one verb can give -s in one sentence (clause).

Sk

Wednesday, December 10th 2008

Dear Rebecca,

does exist a reporting speech? I mean for example:
I tell you (not past tense!) that you’re very nice because of this cool online teaching.

Sk

Wednesday, December 10th 2008

    Yes, reported speech exists but not in your sentence. Thanks for your feedback. All the best to you,Skalkaz.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hello english teacher.
how are you doing?
this is deepak.
could u please tell me difference between, do, does, did, don’t, & has, have, had,
&how to use them like, he don’t, or he doesn’t, he has, had.
please help me with this, hoping for a very soon reply.
T.K.G.B….

Thursday, December 11th 2008

Hi Skalkaz

Thanks for helping and for the cool comments.

Rebecca

Monday, December 15th 2008

Hi Skalkaz

Thanks for the ideas for future lessons. We’ll try and help you in this way.

Rebecca

Monday, December 15th 2008

Please explain the followinng:

In indirect speech after writing reporting verb “THAT” is written while you did not use “that” in indirect speech please explain

Tuesday, December 16th 2008

Dear NOOR!

The conjunction that is often dropped, especially after common reporting
verbs (e.g. say, think) in informal speech.
She said (that) she’d had enough.
I think (that) you’re probably right.

That cannot be dropped after certain verbs, especially intransitive verbs – e.g. reply, email, shout.
James replied that he was feeling better, (NOT James replied he was …)
She shouted that she was busy, (NOT She shouted she was busy.)

(source: Practical English Usage)

Wednesday, December 17th 2008

Thanks for your question, Noor, and thanks for providing the answer, Shalkaz! Good work!

Rebecca

Saturday, December 27th 2008

Hi Rebecca,

Just a thought…
In the first set of examples:
to change “He is a teacher” into
“He told me he was a teacher”
does kind of mean he wasn’t a teacher anymore. This might be mis-leading (although I know it doesn’t intend to).

Does this mean the listener to the report should also adjust himself to the english style of reporting?

Saturday, January 10th 2009

    Hi Nilo

    When you say “He told me he was a teacher.” , you are using reported speech correctly. It means the person is still a teacher, even though it may sound like it’s not true right now.

    If you say, ” He told me he used to be a teacher.” then it means he is not a teacher any more.

    See the difference?

    Rebecca

    Saturday, February 7th 2009

      hi, mrs Rebecca u really r the best teacher of mine!!!!

      Saturday, March 10th 2012

      Mrs. Rebecca, If the original sentence was “He USED to be a teacher”, would the reported speech be “He told me he HAD used to be a teacher” or “He told me he USED to be a teacher”?
      Thank you for the reply and the nice lesson.. :)

      Saturday, November 23rd 2013

Hello Rebecca .

Just stopped by to say Hi to you and James . I am an English teacher here in Brazil and always recomend your website to my students . I think it is a great tool for them . Thank YOU ! God bless you . tchau …

Tuesday, January 27th 2009

Thanks for help, I will have exam for 2 days and it it helped me to understand my problems.
by love from Zagreb

Wednesday, February 18th 2009

    Hope you got a really high score on your exam! Thanks for your feedback, Matej.

    Thursday, April 9th 2009

Dear Madam

You are doing a great job with this site to teach English.
Thank you very much.
And I would like to tell, I felt that I was learned something about your “Reported Speech” lesson.
I like to learn more in future.

Best Regards.
Prabath – Sri lanka

Wednesday, February 25th 2009

    Thanks Prabath. Glad I could help you understand Reported Speech a little better. Good luck with your English.

    Thursday, April 9th 2009

hi rebeca

first of all thanks for your help ,but i still have a doubt ,i read that when that If the sentence starts in the present, there is no backshift of tenses in Reported speech.
Example: Susan: “I work in an office.” Susan says that she works in an office.
If the sentence starts in the past, there is often backshift of tenses in Reported speech. (see: Note)
Example: Susan: “I work in an office.” Susan said that she worked in an office.

as you can see both examples are in present. how to know if i have to change the sentence at past or not?——————————————————————————–

Sunday, March 22nd 2009

    Thanks for your feedback, Elizabet. Please see my detailed comments to Jonathan below.

    My best wishes to you.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

thank you very very very very very much

i realy benfite from you thanks alot alot alot

Friday, March 27th 2009

    You’re very, very, very welcome! So glad the lesson helped you.

    Thursday, April 9th 2009

thank you
can you explan time perfect??

Sunday, April 5th 2009

    Okay, I will record a lesson on this just for you and the many others who are confused by the perfect tenses in English.

    In the meantime, make sure to review the present and past simple, present and past continuous and the future tenses, because you can also express your thoughts quite adequately using just these tenses. So making sure you master these first will make your life easier.

    Thanks again for your suggestion.

    Thursday, April 9th 2009

Hi Rebecca

I enjoyed your lesson and I wanted to give you my thanks.

I would like if you could do a video with the explication to use the words “by” and “for”. They mean very similar in spanish. Also about “Although” and “despite”.

Have a nice day
Raul

Saturday, April 18th 2009

    Thanks, Raul for the compliment and your suggestion. I will be recording some new lessons soon and will do the ones you’ve suggested. Thanks.

    Saturday, June 27th 2009

Thanks again your another useful video lesson. I have had 100.00 score. That’s cool. Tata very much.

Friday, May 29th 2009

    Great stuff!

    Saturday, June 27th 2009

These lessons are so very important,I was need it.Now I feel better because day by day I´m improving faster than a few years ago.

Thank you Rebecca,God Blees you!

Saturday, May 30th 2009

    So glad the lesson helped you. Good for you!

    Saturday, June 27th 2009

Thank you for refreshing my memory teacher. :-)

Wednesday, June 24th 2009

    My pleasure.

    Saturday, June 27th 2009

Dear Rebecca,
thanks for the great things you have shared with the world. I do understand the reported Speech, but I am not sure with the qouted speech. What is the differences between the other two? when should I use reported Speech and when should I use the qouted speech. Please educate me here.

Thanks
Dismas

Saturday, July 25th 2009

Thanks for your feedback.

Well, usually, it’s difficult to quote someone when we’re speaking. We usually only refer to famous quotations in speech.

In writing, it’s possible to use the exact quotation because we can see the quotation marks and understand that it is a direct quote.

Also, while speaking we only use the exact words when there is a special reason to quote the person. Perhaps what he or she said was surprising or shocking or wonderful…something exceptional.

Otherwise, we just use reported speech. Hope this helps to clarify the issue a little.

Monday, July 27th 2009

Hi, Teacher !

I love yr lesson !
Tks for enlighten me !
I will keep updating lessons here, hope u dont mind..

Friday, August 14th 2009

    Yes, please do come back as we add new lessons all the time. Happy I could help you.

    Friday, August 28th 2009

Hi Rebecca,

I have some questions about reported specch.
1. Can we keep the tense in reported speech if it still true? For example:
Jay said,” I like / love/ hate eating apples.” ( Jay said that he likes/ loves/ hates eating apples)

2. Can we use ‘say(s)’ as reporting verb in reported speech?
Jane says, ” I like action film.” ( Jane says that she likes action film.)

3. Any rules in reported speech about stative verbs (like, love, see, seem, etc)?

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009

    Thanks for your questions, Itim.

    1) Yes, it is possible.

    2) Yes

    3) The same rules apply as to other verbs.

    My best wishes to you.

    Sunday, November 1st 2009

frist to all, thank you very much for the lessons, they are very useful for me.
I think that never had seen “she doesn’t have”… I thought that the correct form was: “she hasn´t” are both forms correct?
Thanks!

Friday, September 18th 2009

thanks for teach. Good luck to you!!!

Saturday, October 17th 2009

    Thanks; the same to you!

    Sunday, November 1st 2009

wow.. it’s difficult.. but i must try to loved it.. thanks for the teach..
and good luck for your job

Tuesday, November 10th 2009

    Good for you, for not giving up! My best to you, Karel.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Hi thank you very much . I have learnt a lot.
However I have some questions about time indicators:
for example:
I am going to see my mother today.
I think that this film is amazing.
could you please change them to indirect speech, and explain.

Thanks a lot

Thursday, November 19th 2009

    He said he was going to see his mother today.

    She said she thought this film was amazing.

    All the best to you, Souri.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hi rebecca,
thank you for your all help.best wishes for you.

Sunday, February 21st 2010

    And to you too, Noureen. Thanks for watching and for your feedback.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hi ! My name is anh . I come from vietnam. Ilike you very much when you teach english . I could ask you some questions if you agree I will ask you later.
do you teach me english on internet ? which way I pay money to you

Wednesday, March 17th 2010

    Thank you kindly for your offer, Anh. At this time, I don’t teach English over the Internet. There are many other excellent teachers who do. I wish you the best, Anh.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Thanks a lof …. The lesson was very useful.. I learnt a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 18th 2010

    So glad I could help, Nathy. All the best to you in the future.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

thank you very much
your lesson very useful
Thank you very very very very much again
I am very happy for your lossen

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

    My pleasure, Ebrahim. Thank you for your kind comments. All the best to you, too.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Dear Rebicca,
I thank you vey much for your effort to help people to learn the most great language in all over the world . I was so happy when i found your site because I think that the teaching directly by videos is most usefull and helpsull. Thanks again and may allah pless and help you .

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

    Thank you for your kind feedback, Ali. I wish you all the best.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

    So glad the lesson helped you. My best wishes to you, elhidrologo.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Dear Rebbecca
Thank you very much for your excellent explanation english lessons that you corronspound to your worldwide students,and i hope you you will be the winner of english teachers all over the world THANK YOU AGAIN.

Thursday, May 27th 2010

    Thank you kindly, Ahmed. Everyone gains when we help each other. I learn from my students each day, too. There are so many lessons to learn in life, and luckily, learning keeps life interesting.

    My best wishes to you, Ahmed.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Hi Rebecca,
I have some questions to you about some special usage of the word get. Here is the pattern. get+noun+adjective. i saw it in the dictionary but i can’t understand the explanation it says here that the word get is being used to cause somebody or something to be or become. i hope you will answer my question as soon as possible.
May the lord always blessed you.
Thank you.

Sunday, June 20th 2010

    Thanks so much for your comments, Bg.

    I am not sure exactly what you’re asking me so please give me an example so I can help you. Maybe you mean,
    “You got your mother worried by not calling for so long.’ This would mean that you made your mother become worried.

    We use get in lots of different ways in English.
    I wish you all the best.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

thank u mam.i really happy to watch your web site.my speaking power is week and i m so happy to see u.again thanks..

Friday, July 2nd 2010

    Keep practicing and you will improve each day. All the best to you, Anjali.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hi Rubecca,i am Dibad and i am from Somlia,i recently joined this wonderful sate which i realy found helpful, particularly report speech lessons so i strongly say to you, thank you very much for your effort that you have done for sake of us.

Friday, August 6th 2010

    Welcome to engvid, Dibad. So glad you are enjoying the lessons and learning from them too. My best to you.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hi i am juhi i am in 7th std thank u for explaning so nicely

Thursday, August 19th 2010

    Thanks. I am sure you will do very well in your English studies, since you are taking the initiative to increase your knowledge at such a young age. Good for you, Juhi! My best wishes to you.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

i am very thankful to you for your priceless advice here

.thnks ,thanks alot madam

Thursday, September 2nd 2010

    You’re very welcome, Ashu. All the best to you.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Thanks mam. The way u teach us is awesome.

Tuesday, September 14th 2010

    That’s very kind of you. Thanks!My best wishes to you, Jack.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Hello, dear Rebbeca.
thanks for your help.
I see that you are very generous and humble.
you deserve all the best.
just a questions.
what is the difference between indirect quesiotns and reposted questions.
indirect questions=embedded questions
Do you know what time it is?
REPORTED QUESTIONS
He asked me what time it is.

thanks in advance
from Peru
Norma

Tuesday, September 21st 2010

    Thanks for your comments, Norma.

    In embedded questions, we change the order of the words, but we do not change the tense.

    Example:
    Where is the supermarket?
    becomes
    Do you know where the supermarket is?

    In reported speech questions, we usually change the tense.

    Where is the supermarket/
    becomes
    He asked me where the supermarket was.

    My best wishes to you, Norma.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

hello madam, first of all thank you for the effort you make to help us,may god bless you. second i’m a student from an arabic country,and my question is :some times we are given exersices in which we find indirect speeches and we are asked to write the direst ones, my problem is with the past perfect,for exemple:(mike said that he had finished writing his book), i don’t know whether i write :mike said:”i have finished/finished or had finished writing my book”.
thank you in advance
fifi

Saturday, October 9th 2010

    In this case, because you are adding a direct quote, you would write:

    Mike said, : I have finished writing my book.”

    All the best to you, Fifi.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

i like your maner of teaching. you make your lessons understood easily and staying in mind of people.

Wednesday, October 13th 2010

    I’m glad you found the lesson effective. Thank you kindly for your feedback. my best wishes to you, Clovis.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

good lesson

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

    Thanks, Samreen. All the best.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

Hi Rebecca, I came across your videos because I was looking for reported speech in Spanish and was curious because I had just had a minor disagreement with my Venezuelan-born teacher over how English reported speech is constructed. Her position was the same as yours, that there is always a back-step in tense in reporting, however I do not believe that this is a universal truth. The back-step, if made, is almost always in the context of some other point that the speaker wants to stress. So for example, there is nothing at all that I can see that is wrong with the construction “the professor said that you are smart”. To use the past tense in this case would likely indicate some other issue within the sentence and likely a one-time situation, so for example “the professor said that you were smart to choose the MBA course ” for example, although in such a case it is likely that the original sentence would also have been in the past “Jane, you were smart to choose the MBA course”. Alternatively, the use of the past tense might indicate a true past event “the professor said that you were smart once but are not any more” but again in that case, the original sentence would also have been expressed in the past “you were smart once but not anymore”.
Sorry therefore, but I cannot agree with your analysis that you always step back a tense in reporting speech and I believe that this is something that should be corrected with the people that are learning English through your programme.

Wednesday, October 20th 2010

    Thanks for your question, Jonathan. I can understand your point of view.

    In these video lessons, we explain the basic rules of English grammar, as applicable most of the time. There are always grammatically correct exceptions, and there are also grammatically incorrect expressions used commonly by native speakers of a language without too much regard to the rules. Reported speech certainly falls into this category. This is why your sample sentence, “The professor said you are smart.” seems quite acceptable and certainly understandable.

    In terms of the grammatical rules, when we report what someone has said though, we are supposed to do the back step. The exceptions are as follows:

    a) Sentences with should, ought to and might do not change
    b) Sometimes, if reporting something immediately after or soon after it was said, we need not do a back step in tense.
    c) If we’re talking about general truths, we need not make the change.
    d) If the reporting verb itself is simple present, present perfect or future, we do not change the tense. Example: She SAYS she jogs every day.

    Hope this helps to clarify the issue.

    Monday, October 25th 2010

I want lesson of concession please.
thanks bye

Saturday, October 30th 2010

you are smart and good job of ours lessons video thank you so much.

Saturday, October 30th 2010

hı teacher I am from turkey everyday I watchıng your lesson very usefull for me..

Monday, November 8th 2010

Dear Rebecca,
How can I change the following sentence into a reported speech?
“It’s can’t be very nice having all these cars going by all the time”
Thank you in advance!

Wednesday, November 17th 2010

thank you teacher rebbeca!^^ it will help me a lot for my study in english..

Thursday, November 18th 2010

Everything is correct in this quiz.I was very excited,I know this very good.

Sunday, November 21st 2010

hello again,let me try with your sentence ANH:
first there is a mistake at the beginning,there shouldn’t be an auxiliary before the modal verb “can”, so you may say:
it couldn’t be very nice having all those cars going all that time.
I wish the teacher would agree with me.goodluck for all.

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

hi rebecca, i have a question for you …

when you were explaining the first part of the video you didn’t use the word “that” in the sentences , but when you asked to the audience some examples, you used “that”…. is “that” an optional word?

you are a great teacher!!! ^.^b
greetings from Mexico

Friday, November 26th 2010

Thank you so much. I really learned a lot.I am going through more on your website.Thank you so much, I really found it helpful.

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

THIS IS A WONDERFULL PAGE TO PRECTICE MY ENGLISH I´M HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND IT! :)

Monday, December 6th 2010

i got 100 score))))…thanks Mrs.Rebecca.U r great teacher.

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

rebecca u r amazing teacher.i have problem that i understand all english but im scare to speak english and do some mistkes when i go to speak actually i know all the tenses but i do mistakes when i speak plz rebecca help me out thanks waithing for replay

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

thanks a lot it was really helpful

Monday, December 20th 2010

Thank you.

Friday, December 24th 2010

THANK YOU MS.REBECCA;*

Sunday, January 2nd 2011

HI REBECCA

“I used to smoke” he said
He said he used to smoke /OR hE SAID HE HAD USED TO SMOKE.
PLEASE WHICH ONE IS APPROPRIATE.
mANY THANKS MRS REBECCA

Wednesday, January 5th 2011

heloo rebecca,,,, nice to see your video,,, thanks to teach us english

Tuesday, February 8th 2011

Hi Rebecca :)
what are the different functions of reported speech?…actually me and my friends are going to report “Reported Speech” in our English class and because of your video we are somewhat enlightened to what is “Reported Speech”…thanks :)

Wednesday, February 9th 2011

Dear Rebecca

I need ask you something
when we write he toled me …..
it always like this
and …
when we can write said
thnx:)

Thursday, February 10th 2011

Thank you for your teaching.
It’s very helpful. I couldn’t using grammar correctly before. but from now, I have a little bit increasing.
Thank you again.

Thursday, February 10th 2011

What a nice explination it’s my first time to understand this grammer clearly thanks alot.

Monday, February 28th 2011

Thanks a lot
My Score in the Reported Speech was : 100.00 . I got 10 correct out of 10.
you are the best
I’m Arabic and I am English teacher. I will learn from you a lot about how to teach English because you are the best .
:)

Monday, February 28th 2011

hi Rebecca.
Could you please give me a lesson about the differences between MUST and HAVE TO.I sometimes make a mistake between them.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011

Thank you very much for your help

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Dear Madam ,
I have a very important question.
Is it possible to use present perfect tense,or past perfect tense in the main sentence?
I have told you that…..
I had told you that…..
If yes, does the tenses changes after them or not like after the simple past tense?
For example: I had told you that you would be happy. /instead of you will be happy/
I wait for your answer urgently
Thank you in advance
Teoleander

Friday, March 18th 2011

Hi rebaca,
your lessons are excellent. I attended for many English classes but I never met a teacher like you.

In your profile by saying that “there is no bad student” you given me lot of confidence.

your accent is neutral.please suggest good books(novels,grammer) which will help in improving my English. I am from India.

Thank you

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

Hi, rebaca
Iam from Indonesia and your lesson are excellent but sorry my english is not good, Rebaca, Do you know Toeic ?

regards

Darmawil

Friday, March 25th 2011

Rebecca, when we use told and said in reported speech. I don’t understand. Please help me!

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

“Cindy’s voice was music to my ears,” Roger told me.
Was changes to what?

Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Dear Rebecca
i am from Afghanistan i would like to thank you so much for vidio teaching i learned so much from it and i appreciate your hard work and your friendly teaching. best regards

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

hi. rebecca
what do u mean for ‘one step back in tense’?
is that i have understood below?
simple present ——>simple past
present conti.——->past conti.
present perfect——>past perfect
present perfect conti——> past perfect conti
simple past———->past perfect
past perfect———>past perfect
past conti.———->past perfect conti.
past perfect conti—–>past perfect conti
simple future——->simple past
future conti——>past conti
future perfect——->past perfect
future perfect conti——->past perfect conti.

am i right? please throw light.
thanks.

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Thank you Rebecca! It was a very useful lesson to me.

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

I can’t come to the party tonight.”

Why is it? couldn’t came… It is couldn’t come?

Thanks ma am
You theach very very well!!!

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

thanks my angel

Friday, April 29th 2011

This is very, very useful lesson for all of us who have been practising English as foreign language. Just keep doing that, you are the best. . .

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Hi Rebecca,
I am confused.In spoken english people always use the tense in a diffrent way.Once I was talking with one English man.He used the following. ” Yeasterday I told Thomas to arrange a car for me.He told I will do it .But he did not do anything .I think these people are irresponsible.” later I called him he said sorry, I forgot ” .In this sentence as per correct grammer He should say 1) ” He told he would do it” and 2) he said he was sorry, he had forgotten”.Any comments from your side.

Friday, May 6th 2011

    Very simple: people don’t always speak correctly.

    Friday, May 13th 2011

what about “you should say that”? Would it be “he told me:”you could say that”?
So, ‘should’ becomes ‘could’, ‘shall’ becomes ‘should’, is this correct?
Lastly, what about ‘could’, ‘would’, and ‘must’?

Saturday, May 7th 2011

Thank you Rebecca.You’re very nice to explain.Lily from Brasil

Sunday, May 8th 2011

thank you.u’re very patient to explain a lot..thanks to ur brain…

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

Thanks Rebeca. could you please tech about third conditional or second. I really appreciate.

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

dear madam rebeca,ur’just fantastick!

Saturday, May 14th 2011

What makes you perfect, that you are versed of what you say.
Thanks.

Sunday, May 15th 2011

thaaank you so much for the hard work that you are doing i have an exam tom and en sa2 allh i will bass it

Sunday, June 5th 2011

I like your lessons so much, please do more lessons soon. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011

Love u much teacher Rebecca for what you have done

Thursday, June 23rd 2011

Hello Madam . You explained the reported speech very well but what about the imperative and the question in the reported speech ?

Thursday, June 30th 2011

Thank you so much. I did not understand “Future report speech”. Example on the test: Rachel: “Michael and I are getting married next summer.” Rachel announced that _____ next summer. May i use “were” or “are” ..

Thank you so much

Monday, July 4th 2011

hi
what about the imperative and the question ?

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Hi Rebecca that was excellent on reported speech.
I would really like to know the difference between indirect and reported speech.
Kamal

Thursday, July 14th 2011

Would u like to give me some lectres on WH question.

Wednesday, July 27th 2011

very nice explanation,good teacher

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

Thanks a lot Rebecca!

It was a nice video. I’ve been watching these videos from past few months. They are very interesting.

sincerely,
Vivek

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

i’m happy, i got full marks. thank you teacher

Thursday, August 11th 2011

really useful

Sunday, August 21st 2011

dear madam: i like your teaching way. i got 80 marks this lesson.

Thursday, September 1st 2011

Hi Rebecca!

When I was high school,I got lowest grade on my English subject because I didn’t know how to use the grammar rules correctly.But when I was watching your video Ive learned a lot.My English skills are improving and I can’t thank you enough for the help…
God Bless and more power!

Friday, September 2nd 2011

What about the example of She said, “My name is Sally”. Do you change the tense in the reported speech and make it. She said her name was Sally?! I think it should be “her name is..”.. What do you think? Need to know your opinion about this one and about the change of tense when you report facts.

Tuesday, September 6th 2011

    we must change “to be”,so its indirect speech must be (her name was),if reporting verb is in past simple,this rule is followed,am i rite Rebbeca?

    Sunday, September 18th 2011

oh! i need learn english

Saturday, September 10th 2011

Hai rebecca , it was a nice video and i learnt a lot from your website. I dont have a strong foundation in english but still i am planning to give GRE and TOEFL in next four months. Could u please give some tips for english preparation. It will be helpful for me.

Saturday, September 10th 2011

in the indirect speech we also change the pronouns as u did’nt change “you” into another pronoun.

Sunday, September 18th 2011

Hi! And what’s the reported speech for this:”I would like to speak to you”?

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

this video site it’s really helpful for everyone including me,i’ve learnt English since i was young and i’m becoming an English Teacher now but i’m still learning and increasing my ability to explain some material to my students because i think the good explanation give the good impact and result,and you guys are the best tutor,espesially you Rebecca.say hi from Indonesia =)

Thursday, September 22nd 2011

Dear Teacher,

I would like to express my profound thanks to you for explaining clearly about report speed grammar and I think that your lesson and your explanation will really help me improve my English.
Teacher could I ask you about English words outside the lesson?
I have wondered so long already about one English word and that word is :the plant which produce cauliflower what is English called ? because I have ever seen the cauliflower only but never seen its plant’s name.
I’m sorry teacher asking that word which is not related to the lesson above.

Respectfully,

SOM.SOPHEAK RITH FROM CAMBODIA

Thank you

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

    The plant is also called cauliflower.

    Wednesday, October 5th 2011

      Dear Teacher REBECCA,

      Thank you very much for answering my question.

      Respectfully,

      SOM.SOPHEAK RITH

      Thank you

      Thursday, October 6th 2011

Actually i don’t know how to thank you miss Rebecca. thank you so much

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Dear Rebecca, in my test I made just one mistake, the 5th one. Could you tell me why the correct answer is “she couldn´t come” instead “she couldn´t came”, suposed to be the verb must be changed to past.

Thank you in advanced.

Wednesday, October 12th 2011

Hi Rebecca,

I was really excited to come across this site that provides comprehensive details in grammar.
My question to you is how do we identify a habitual action? This in turn means that we don’t have to change the verb tense? I need some constructive examples.

Thanks

Thursday, October 20th 2011

I love study English!!! do and accecpt is wonderful…thanks very much Rebecca…

Thursday, October 27th 2011

Hi Rebecca,
I really got excited after I found this site that provides comprehensive details in grammar.
My question to you is about the differences between “indirect Questions” and “Embedded Questions”. They seem to be the same to me. I need some constructive examples.
Thanks

Thursday, October 27th 2011

Hi Rebecca,
What about indirect questions??

Thanks

Saturday, October 29th 2011

Sue said that she was very happy with her new job.into direct speech
I am very happy with her new job,Sue said

Saturday, November 5th 2011

thank vrey much for this fantastck lesoon <3

Friday, November 18th 2011

Hello madam Rebecca,
Direct Speech And Indirect Speech…. is it same with reported speech??…
Thanks

Saturday, November 26th 2011

Dear Madam:
Could you explain me the difference using “Must and Have to” in indirect speech?

I am waiting for answer!!

Sunday, November 27th 2011

Dear Rebecca,

Past tomorrow I will have a exam and I´m really very happy watching your class about Report Speech. In a short time you explained the subject very clear. Actually I´m very glad to have found these excellent teachers spending the time for teaching us.
I let to you my hug and Hello from Chile. I´m Brazilian but I’m living at Chile and I studying at Chilean College, Translation from English to Spanish. It’s no easy because both languages are not mine, but I can say to you that it’s very interesting challenge.
My best regards from South America to everybody.

Bye,
Marcio

Sunday, December 4th 2011

Day after tomorrow I will have a exam and I´m really very happy watching your class about Report Speech. In a short time you explained the subject very clear. Actually I´m very glad to have found these excellent teachers spending the time for teaching us.
Receive my hug and Hello from Chile. I´m Brazilian (Portuguese language)but I’m living in Chile and I’m studying at Chilean College, Translation from English to Spanish. It’s no easy because both languages are not mine, but I can say to you that it’s very interesting challenge.
My best regards from South America to everybody.
Bye,
Màrcio

Sunday, December 4th 2011

    We like these hugs!

    Monday, December 5th 2011

      Dear Rebbeca,

      In Brazil we have this greeting like normal to say goodbye. I think is too important to change our energies through the hugs.
      Let the physical distance to the Asiatics!

      Many hugs to you.

      Wednesday, December 7th 2011

Thank you… :)

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

Hello,teacher.I think i may be your young student. i want to know lesson Report Speech, if it is posible Can you explain me.

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Thanks a lot!

Thursday, December 15th 2011

hello madam,
i would like to ask you how to speak direct and indirect speech.if anybody tell something ,the same word tell to the third person.most of the peoples are using said that,said,he was saying,told me.please explin me with example and send to my mail id

Wednesday, December 21st 2011

Thank you Rebicca you are awesome teacher
and you will say in reported speach: he said : I was awesome.Thank you and “Merry Christmas”

Friday, December 23rd 2011

thank you it was useful

Saturday, December 24th 2011

I liked this lesson. It is easy to understand. Happy new year to all.

Saturday, December 31st 2011

This lesson helps a lot! Thanks so much. This lesson will really improve grammatically and verbally my English skills.

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

Thanks! It is very useful for me. I was afraid to learn grammar before but I try to understand now……

Friday, January 6th 2012

Thank you. I was struggle in how to use Reported speech properly,now,I clarifies this concept.

Monday, January 16th 2012

Thank you so much!!!

Friday, January 20th 2012

Ma’am

In your 1st set of examples, “You are smart” isn’t it changed into “he said that I was smart” ?

thank you :D

Thursday, January 26th 2012

thanx rebecca ..10/10 ı did. my friend told me rebecca was very good teacher. yes he is right..:)))

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Hello Rebecca,

You are awesome teacher !!! I understand the whole lessen perfectly. Write down one fan to this website.

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

thank you Rebeca I listed this class several times with other teacher and you´re the best

Monday, February 20th 2012

hi you are a clever teacher.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Hello everybody. I’m Ole.

Saturday, February 25th 2012

Hello!
It of great help to me as I took that quiz just below the video.I did not see the video, but I could get all the answers correct except for the first one.I am very happy with my results.I whole-heartedly thank you.

Sunday, February 26th 2012

Hmm.. do we use reported speech after:
-He noticed…..
-They suggested…
-She proposed…
etc.
when it is clear that the person was saying something ?

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

{Jeevan said to his teacher ,” I cannot understand this lesson .Will you teach it to me once again?}

MAM THIS IS A QUESTION THAT REWRITE IN A REPORTED SPEECH….

Tuesday, April 10th 2012

I feel that oral questions more effective for me than written.

Saturday, April 14th 2012

    questions is more
    fix

    Saturday, April 14th 2012

Rebecca i want to say something for you:
YOU ARE SWEET AND THE BEST ONE…love you!
Bisous

Sunday, April 15th 2012

what is the meaning of WOULD i really be mad :((( please help me my teacher i will wait your unswer it is so important for me

Sunday, April 15th 2012

hello !!!
i have a question :
jean asked jeany “are you a student ?” – “yes, i am”
can you transform this question to reported speech for me ? Thanks

Monday, April 16th 2012

hi mrs,it’s for the first time i get on this website,i really love this lesson,it is so useful for me,my name is Jeff,from haiti bye

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Hi Rebecca,
I have a question. What if the reporting person is first and second person who report about themselves. Does the pronoun remain the same in the reported speech? Eg: I said:’I am here’
and You said:’you are here’
Thanks in advance

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Hi Rebecca.
Thanks so much all of you teaching.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Hi Rebecca,
Fantastic lesson…it will be useful for my students

Thursday, May 10th 2012

it is really confusion bt i understood it well n thank u alot for making me understand it well

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Dear Rebecca,

That is so wonderful. I will try to learn from you and I will ask you whenever I have the question. Please you good luck and please you keep your mission to help to many people around the world. Thanks from Pharin.

Thursday, May 24th 2012

i have no words to express my feelings .because this site solve my big problems .but now i want to start from the start but how??

Thursday, May 24th 2012

HI REBECCA, VERY GOOD LESSON. I GOT A QUESTION ABOUT EMBEDDED QUESTION. DO YOU CHANGE THE SENTENCE FROM PRESENT TO PAST IN THE EMBEDDED QUESTION?

Wednesday, May 30th 2012

Thanks teacher for your nice lesson I hope that you will bring new Technic for this subject.
Thanks.

Friday, June 1st 2012

can you explain how i can Utter sounds

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

Rebecca,

I hate to see you tell students that we use ‘reported speech’ because we use ‘reported speech’. I think you said we HAVE to use ‘reported speech. But only if you don’t care about accuracy. You say, ‘He told me he was a teacher’, but that’s not true. He told you he IS a teacher, if he is still a teacher. If he was a teacher from 1995 to 2006, then you would say, ‘He told me he was a teacher (from 1995 to 2006). The notion of ‘reported speech’ is a CONSTRUCT, it is not something that makes any sense. We should stop trying to teach it. It is NOT useful. Sorry, I’m not shouting but there is no way to underline. Contact me if you like .

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

    br dot hadvines at yahoo dot com

    Sunday, June 3rd 2012

Thanks a lot. it was helpful :)

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Rebecca, could you explain the topic of: the direct and indirect questions with reported speech please? thank you =)

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Rebecca,
I just watched your VDO, It’s very good VDO !!! Now I’m studying english in USA ,I’m looking for writing learning on internet.

Could you please recommend me.

Regards,Kit

Sunday, June 17th 2012

Hello Madam,
could you please help me to identify whether the following sentence is in reported speech or not?
“The death toll is expected to rise.”

Monday, July 16th 2012

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Thank you!

Friday, August 3rd 2012

thanks alot

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Thank you so much Rebecca! You’re great :)

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

Hey Rebecca, nice videos you’re great! I have a question regarding reported speech. For example:

Mary: There’s a great movie on TV today.

In reported speech it could written in two ways right?
First: “Mary told me there was a great movie on TV that day.” – Which implies the day she said it was before the day I was talking.

Second: “Mary told me there’s a great movie on TV today”. – It can stay the same because we are living the day the movie is going to be on right?
Thanks in advance!

Thursday, August 16th 2012

Hi miss…

ty for ur lesson…10/10—actually reported speeches are a bit confusing, yet we have to practice to gain more confidence… regards…
carlos,lima..peru

Thursday, August 16th 2012

Very useful! Thanks for your classes.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Thank you!! Finally I understood “reported speech”!!

Could you complete the list please:

Present simple becomes Past Simple
Past Simple…..Past Perfect
Past Perfect….?
Past Continuos….Past Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect…Past Perfect

And all verb tenses

Thank you again!!

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

sometimes it is a little difficult to understand that kind of thing, but thanks to you it is easier for me.

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

he tOLD me he would ( wrong) I WOULD TRUE 7 .00

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

hi Rebica thank you for all hose who stand in front of the cam to teach and gives there time to us, I have problem when i talk to the people who are poor in the english language i ll be confused and i can not understand from them at all not like the native one
second pro. is when i talk i m posing or tattering any suggestion
best regard
Hassan

Monday, September 10th 2012

10 out of 10 thanks Rebeca

Friday, September 14th 2012

Hi,thanks for a very nice lesson about reported speech. But would you like give us a lesson about REPORTING VERBS?

Saturday, September 29th 2012

OK I got 10 out of 10 corect, so I can’t explain why I can’t pass an exam that I’m doing online about reported speech.
By the way I saw you didn’t talk about “asked” form of reported speech, so if you can do it in future lessons that will be great.
Thank so much for your help.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

thanks I got from 10 -10 grade

Monday, October 8th 2012

Hi Rebecca
Thank u very much for ur great lessons on reported speech. Please explain to me when do we use “that” in reported speech. I noticed u have used in some sentences and left in others. What is the right set of rule to follow.? Waiting for ur reply, thanks

Saturday, October 20th 2012

THANK YOU SO MUCH !REBECCA .YOU ARE MY IDOL !

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

it helped me a lot and thank you because it was an assignment in my school thanks a lot.

Thursday, November 1st 2012

good job teacher i really love ur explaination

Monday, November 5th 2012

Thanks dear Rebecca it was easy and understanduable Thanks again

Thursday, November 8th 2012

please explain for students how to make question in reported speach ! i heard that it is a bit difficult

Thursday, November 8th 2012

Dear rebecca madam, tomorrow is my eng. Exam n ur dis video wz vry helpful to me n u made it vry clr..now i feel i don need to open the book..thnxx.. U r even better den mah english teacher..:)

Thursday, December 6th 2012

thank you very much for the lessons

Friday, January 4th 2013

9 out of 10

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Thank you very much for clear lesson :-)

Monday, January 21st 2013

hi every one
I want to know if some one told me “you ate dinner” the reported speech will be “he said that I had eaten dinner” or as the teacher said it will be “he said that you had eaten dinner”?

Monday, January 21st 2013

Thanks ma’am this lesson’s realy work!!!

Monday, January 21st 2013

Thnahs Rebecca…very very helpful lesson

Saturday, January 26th 2013

Dear Rebecca,
I am a form two student from Hong Kong.It is my first time to ask questions here.Thanks your help first. I want to ask you three questions. First, do we need to change the tense in reported speech if it is a fact or it is a opinion in direct speech. I asked many people before but someone answered “Yes” and someone answered “No”. So,I really feel confused about it.
For example,Mary said”It is a fantastic place.”
A.Mary said that it was a fantastic place. or
B. Mary said that it is a fantastic place.
Which answer is correct?
Second, I want to ask a question about pronoun in reported speech.
For example,”You needn’t wait for me” said Mary.
We need to answer [Mary said that I needn't wait for her.] or
[Mary said that he/she need't wait for her.]This means if the direct speech doesn’t mention which person it is talking to but there is “you”, we need to change “you” to “I” or”he” or”she”?
For example, ["She will take you all to Stanley Market." said Mary]
We need to answer [Mary said that she would take us all to Stanley Market]
or {Mary said that she would take them all to Stanley Market]
Lastly, I want to ask what is the different about “said” and”told”
For example, [Mary said to us"We got married six months ago."
We should say[Mary told us they had got married six months before." or
[Maru said to us they had got married six months before.]?
Please answer the questions as soon as possible because I had a test on Monday about reported speech. Thanks you so much!
Best wishes,
Alice

Friday, February 1st 2013

tnx reBecca Very HelpFul lessOn

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

Hello Rebecca!
Thanks for the videos. In fact I had a test on the 3rd of march and my grammer class work was with one of my classmates.It was just then that i came across the website of eduvid and got a practice on reported speech.
Thanks a million,
Regard,
prashant,banglore,india

Friday, March 1st 2013

Excellent! It’s easier than I thought! Thanks for your explanations :)

Monday, March 4th 2013

I used to be panic about reported speech–too complicated . I had to change the tense , paid attention to pronoun and felt slight boring to say told told told…
From your given quiz , I got D too, I learned more useful words , such as comment , admit , announce,confide. I am so excited. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

i’m going to cry :(
this is the first time in my life…
it did not happened to me before
i got many full marks in the same day
realy i don’t know how can i thank you rebecca

Friday, March 8th 2013

hi rebacca i’m amine in morrocco i love the way how you explain thank you

Monday, March 11th 2013

Great lesson !

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Hi Rebacca,
Can we use this concept in writing as well? Or it’s only in speech

Thursday, March 14th 2013

hi mam
if there is an universal sentence how we could change it , into reported speech ? for example. sun rises from east
i am waiting for your answer .I hope u will be replay me an answer

Monday, April 8th 2013

Thanks Rebecca, it’s so useful lesson.

Sunday, April 21st 2013

i got 7/10 ;(

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

Rebacca, you are An amazing Teacher … You make The English More Easier to Me :)

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

i have a question about it, is it correct?

john: What did you do?
mary : John asked what i did

why could it be correct? if past switched to past perfert.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

thank a lot for this lesson video!

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Hello,teacher Rebecca.Thanks you so much for your teaching you are perfect teacher.

Wednesday, June 12th 2013

A little difficult to catch it immediately but I’m pleased for the lesson, thanks!

Thursday, August 29th 2013

I had a little problem with this subject. But not any more. I got the lesson. :)
I got 10 correct out of 10. :)
Thanks Rebecca.
Whatever a lesson is difficult, you make it very simple. And I like your teaching because you are very patient, and you give us many examples. :)

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

thank you so much .i have a question i don’t know when to say in reported speech she told and she said…i really get confused when it comes to said and told.do they have the same meaning or not if not when to use them correctly. thank you

Tuesday, September 10th 2013

hi rebecca can you explain to us about active and passive voice because these days i will be an exam and you will have helped me by the and of this month

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

I loved this explanation. Thank you so much for all the effort that you guys do for teaching us in wherever places we are. I’m so grateful. However in my case it could’ve been more useful if instead of the original sentences that were writing on the board we had the report speech examples.

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

Hello Rebeca,
Thank you very much for your lesson.
I learned Reported Speech in high school as well as in ESL classes and here watched your lesson, the rules are same, but I find native speakers often don’t follow the rules. It’s very confusing. Finally I found this site that explains the why. I wanted to run by you and see if what it says is right, http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/repspee.htm “The main problem for the learner of English is to decide which tense is needed for the verb(s) in what is reported. Generally, English speakers do not change the tense if what is said is still true or has not happened yet, and they believe the speaker.” it has examples, which are exactly what I often hear how native speakers talk. I look forward to hearing your reply. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, November 19th 2013

Hi Rebecca,

In the video you had this example:
“you ate dinner.”
and you reported it as “he said that you had eaten dinner.”
Shouldn’t we report you as I in this sentence and report it like this:
“He said that I had eaten dinner.” ?

Saturday, November 30th 2013

great lesson

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Thank you very much

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Simply excelent

Thursday, January 9th 2014

Thanks Rebbeca.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

I’m deeply grateful for your lesson!It’s was very interesting!)

Monday, February 10th 2014

Thank you Ms Rebbeca

Thursday, March 6th 2014

super ı have 100 points

Saturday, March 29th 2014

Hi, Rebecca thank you for your teaching, you are great. I got 100 %. Was very usefull.I appreciate

Saturday, April 5th 2014
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