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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

hgnis76

    She doesn’t have a car

    Anna

      has*

      abdullah.

        sorry
        has is wrong

        abdullah.

      She doesn’t have a car.

      Rebecca

        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.

        Meshi

        she told me that he doesn’t have a car

        trisha

    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).

    james

      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.

      carla123

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

    flo

      According with Essential Grammar in use 2nd edition unit 7 section c pag 20
      she hasn’t got a car indicates a possession (like she has got green eyes or she has green eyes)
      when you are using a negative sentence in present simple the auxiliary verb doesn’t indicates the third singular person and the negation so the main verb goes in its base form: she doesn’t have a car otherwise using has after doesn’t will be a grammatical error (she doesn’t has a car) because you will be making two negations in the same sentence.
      Good night!

      daisyblue

    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

    yamina

    We thank her

    kotoz

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

Skalkaz

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

Skalkaz

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

    Rebecca

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….

saideepakj

Hi Skalkaz

Thanks for helping and for the cool comments.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Hi Skalkaz

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

Rebecca

Rebecca

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

NOOR

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)

Skalkaz

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

Rebecca

Rebecca

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?

Nilo_M.

    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

    Rebecca

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

      izz

      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.. :)

      Kazzun

      Thanks for this reply. It’s quite clear now.

      Gritman

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 …

mauricio

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

Matej Knezevic, Croatia

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

    Rebecca

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

Prabath

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

    Rebecca

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?——————————————————————————–

elizabet

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

    My best wishes to you.

    Rebecca

thank you very very very very very much

i realy benfite from you thanks alot alot alot

ahmd

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

    Rebecca

thank you
can you explan time perfect??

wadha

    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.

    Rebecca

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

raul

    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.

    Rebecca

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

nandin

    Great stuff!

    Rebecca

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!

Reynaldo

    So glad the lesson helped you. Good for you!

    Rebecca

Thank you for refreshing my memory teacher. :-)

Nermina from Serbia

    My pleasure.

    Rebecca

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

Words

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.

Rebecca

Hi, Teacher !

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

Rommel

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

    Rebecca

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)?

itim

    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.

    Rebecca

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!

Guiruc

thanks for teach. Good luck to you!!!

baohuy91

    Thanks; the same to you!

    Rebecca

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

karel

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

    Rebecca

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

Souri

    He said he was going to see his mother today.

    She said she thought this film was amazing.

    All the best to you, Souri.

    Rebecca

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

noureen khurshedi

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

    Rebecca

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

anh

    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.

    Rebecca

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

Nathy

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

    Rebecca

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

Ebrahim

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

    Rebecca

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 .

Ali Samir

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

    Rebecca

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

    Rebecca

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.

Ahmed Duale

    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.

    Rebecca

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.

Bg

    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.

    Rebecca

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..

anjali

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

    Rebecca

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.

dibad

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

    Rebecca

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

juhi

    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.

    Rebecca

i am very thankful to you for your priceless advice here

.thnks ,thanks alot madam

ashu

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

    Rebecca

Thanks mam. The way u teach us is awesome.

Jack

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

    Rebecca

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

Norma

    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.

    Rebecca

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

fifi

    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.

    Rebecca

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

clovis

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

    Rebecca

good lesson

samreen

    Thanks, Samreen. All the best.

    Rebecca

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.

Jonathan

    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.

    Rebecca

I want lesson of concession please.
thanks bye

hassiba

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

hassiba

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

bahoz

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!

ANH _ Vietnamese

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

joms

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

Ivan

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.

fifi

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

edgar

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.

Kiran

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

MARY T

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

afka

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

sheebaishrat

thanks a lot it was really helpful

thesoul

Thank you.

sacrifice

THANK YOU MS.REBECCA;*

sharefa

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

KHALIL

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

jamali

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 :)

jessamae

Dear Rebecca

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

sara haddad

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.

Nakata

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

Laila Al Hamid

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 .
:)

Miss Maha

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

lee na

Thank you very much for your help

Muhammad

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

Teoleander

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

srikanth

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

regards

Darmawil

Darmawil

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

Any

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

kristi

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

barakzai

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.

brijeshh

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

krbroma

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!!!

Bruno

thanks my angel

anita

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. . .

Mark

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.

chacko

    Very simple: people don’t always speak correctly.

    engVid

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’?

Abdellatif

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

Eliete

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

Gilbert N.. Regalario

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

Norman

dear madam rebeca,ur’just fantastick!

nijwm basumatary

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

Mohammed

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

ghadeer

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

tuan1975

Love u much teacher Rebecca for what you have done

Iesty

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

gamal

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

bolor2011

hi
what about the imperative and the question ?

jemmy2000

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

Kamal Chinnappa

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

tak

very nice explanation,good teacher

keerthichandra

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

vivek

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

molus1989

really useful

rhour

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

antony

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!

lhyn

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.

Sally

    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?

    uzair

oh! i need learn english

carolinamustaon

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.

saranya

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

uzair

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

Ildar

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 =)

miranty

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

som.sopheak rith

    The plant is also called cauliflower.

    engVid Moderator

      Dear Teacher REBECCA,

      Thank you very much for answering my question.

      Respectfully,

      SOM.SOPHEAK RITH

      Thank you

      som.sopheak rith

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

Dilantha

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.

rokefeller65

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

damianvijaya

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

larissa Seechis

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

Addi

Hi Rebecca,
What about indirect questions??

Thanks

saprena

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

brumi

thank vrey much for this fantastck lesoon <3

zozooo

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

Wira

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

I am waiting for answer!!

sopheng

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

Marcio de Moraes

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

Marcio de Moraes

    We like these hugs!

    engVid

      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.

      Marcio

Thank you… :)

aysegul

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.

Phanith

Thanks a lot!

Yuliya

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

sumanth

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

hudhayfah27

thank you it was useful

tofe

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

queiroz

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

brunosserafim

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

Thantar

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

wakeelahmedchanna23

Thank you so much!!!

jayme84

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

shenal16

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

tolga

Hello Rebecca,

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

Thank you very much.

Fahad

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

Gaby

hi you are a clever teacher.

kushan ravindu

Hello everybody. I’m Ole.

ittipon37

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.

preethi

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

smr55

{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….

reggie

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

anon

    questions is more
    fix

    anon

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

Adriana

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

cemturkey

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

anh pham

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

Jeff JB

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

I Nyoman Udayana

Hi Rebecca.
Thanks so much all of you teaching.

Tibet

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

edri zamora

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

salleh19

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.

pharin

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??

imran khan

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?

rango16

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

amjaad

can you explain how i can Utter sounds

sara

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 .

bradvines

    br dot hadvines at yahoo dot com

    bradvines

Thanks a lot. it was helpful :)

Sultan

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

sofia

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

Kit

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.”

silagopall

Thanks a lot!

arlevein

Thank you!

Victor

thanks alot

noor

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

sinem07

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!

guiebani20

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

carlos

Very useful! Thanks for your classes.

Alysson

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!!

daniether

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

adal

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

00eskiya00

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

Hassan

10 out of 10 thanks Rebeca

Mustafa

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

huroluco

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.

joebaeza

thanks I got from 10 -10 grade

saidullah

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

JP

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

favio1966

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

sri navya

good job teacher i really love ur explaination

sami

Thanks dear Rebecca it was easy and understanduable Thanks again

preemy

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

shavkat

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..:)

Sanya lamba

thank you very much for the lessons

sobeer

9 out of 10

chegonza

Thank you very much for clear lesson :-)

Nara

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”?

Pury

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

ob1986

Thnahs Rebecca…very very helpful lesson

argenis

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

aliceli518

tnx reBecca Very HelpFul lessOn

Midwa

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

prashant

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

pp69

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.

stupor67

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

marwaadel

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

amine

Great lesson !

JulioCesar

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

zaa

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

rajanghimire

Thanks Rebecca, it’s so useful lesson.

kosobe113

i got 7/10 ;(

doda98

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

doda98

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.

lemp

thank a lot for this lesson video!

lemp

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

noch

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

sgmmm

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. :)

Anahita

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

mariama1

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

dijalijana

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.

stephanie07

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.

lovemj4life

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.” ?

Jafarpoor

great lesson

zirak hameed abdo

Thank you very much

bummia

Simply excelent

pilotopoetaloco

Thanks Rebbeca.

ultranobita5577

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

Abisso Rain

Thank you Ms Rebbeca

khalid subhi

super ı have 100 points

farukcan1992

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

alpido24

Thank you very much, got 90%.

Abdul Qayum

Thank you dear Rebecca, you are a saviour ;)

2Questionmark

I GOT 100% ON THE TEST!!! IT WAS EASY THANKS TO YOUR LESSON DEAR REBECCA, xoxoxoxo

2Questionmark

i got 10 correct out of 10…..thanks rebecca.

Rasho

Rebecca, thank you very much for your interesting lesson! I like it very much!

polly29

I’ve got 100! thanks,Rebecca

panithan

Thank you sir.

pavanut2

I got 100, thanks for your help Rebecca!

glamar

Thank you ,Rebecca.

51john23

i got 100 score :) thank you :*

elifece

Hi MS REBECCA! WHAT WOULD BE THE REPORTED SPEECH OF “HE IS MY BROTHER”. THANK YOU!

fred_2003vasquez

thank a lot of mam .
God bless…

Henri siregar

Thank you Rebecca

Mohammadsmn

merci madam

Mohammadsmn

Hello Rebecca! I got 100%, but I have a doubt if I had to pass PRESENT SIMPLE or WILL from REPORTED SPEECH to DIRECT SPEECH, how would be it? Do I have to change the tense or not? for example:

Reported speech:
He refuses to sell the movie rights

Direct speech:
I refuse to sell the movie rights

Is it right?

brenahir

Thanks, Rebecca!

Tchin Shi

Thamks millions

Manolya

Thanks, Nice.

saeid

thank you for the help it was amazing

saeed wael dababneh

I want to ask the question of whether I can put
[
told me that ]

saeed wael dababneh

9 of 9
thank you very much

rikooalmadridi

Thanks for this useful video. This help me to understand clearly about this grammar. Thank you very much.

Dang Ngoc Vu

Dear Rebecca,
I convey you a great thank you for this lesson.
Yours sincerely.

Peter

my quiz
100
You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

chakim hamzah

hi, teacher
your lessons are good, but I noticed that you don’t explain every example on blackboard, you always face to the camera and give us examples, whereas using the board is effective for students!
thanks teacher

gag

hi rebecca how will you tell someone in a polite way that he’s/she’s using a wrong grammar.

reinstorm2968

thank you so much Rebeecca

shecoz

i am just ask when say He/She Said and when i say He/She Told me ?

thank you

shecoz

Thank you Rebecca.

Lkinter1

why you don’t use (that)

He told me that he was a teacher ????

help plz!!!

mezna

Thank you teacher , I got 100 :)
I like this lesson very easy to understand .

Nour84

I like this part of the grammer very much. I got 10. thanks.

Soei

Hello Rebecca,
In the question, “John: “I love chocolate cake.” John told me _____ chocolate cake.”

Is it “he loved” or “that he loved”?

Kindly clarify the difference.

Thank you in advance,

Umesh

ErangaUmesh

Hi,teacher,hope,you’ll be fine.I’m a student of O levels,Teacher please will you help me with the english,I go through from many mistakes.

khadijaaZ

I really admire the way,you teach,I did 8 idioms yesterday from your given lecture,really adoring,thank you loads

khadijaaZ

Good one.

ibrahim1

Yessss. I got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

mgh

This grammar was new for me, thanks a lot Rebbeca.

Maliban

Thank you, dear Rebecca!

fakhranda

what is the difference between they live in Russia and They are living in Russia…?

Kaalidhas S

I scored 100% in the quiz. thank you! :)

Marliya Summers

I wish to understand correctly this lesson, but I can’t. It is so confussing to learn the English tenses. How you can help me the different way or What technique I should to use for that?

Thanks a lot!

giur128

Thanks Rebecca Nice lesson :)

soulancestor

    Hi Rebecca
    I’d like to ask you a question….
    I watched a video of yours in which you were teaching the reported speech….you mentioned an example in direct speech “he is a teacher.”
    Then you wrote the corresponding indirect form of it…like ( he told me he was a teacher ) …
    My question is that doesn’t it have to be like ( he told me he were a teacher) because I read in the English grammar digest by Trudy Aronson it is to be always “were” form of be instead of “was”

    MS1990

      Hi
      I myself found the answer….I was confusing it with the conditional forms….but I didn’t know how to remove the comment…

      MS1990

Thank you so much, very useful.

Marta Lopez

My friend told me that she had eaten rice and kimchi for lunch today.:D Thank you Rebecca.

Tammyjang1

thank you ma’am i got 90

Barkha29

You are the only teacher that I could understand every lesson very well without getting confused or tired

kiashar

i got 80%

k.abed

thank you teacher I got 100 % you’re a vary good teacher thanks allot.

Mnaveed

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

nataanna

10/10 …. very good lesson thanks for your help 😊

Masterenglish

Thanks Rebecca! You made it so simple to understand.

Vijay Chawla

Thanks.

ashishzaware@gmail.com

nice speech regarding narrations moreover I have passed the test by giving correct answers 10 / 10

Tawseef Rock

thanks!

shihai182

Thanks Rebecca!

Alex-1956

You got 10 correct out of 10.

thank you.

M kartal

Dear Rebecca,

I was watching the following video https://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-if-will-would-were/ and tried to practice reported speech with something that James said.

James: If I were to pay atention what I was doing I would be better at the board.

So James commented on the fact that if he had been paying atention what he had been doing he would be better at the board.

Well I kindly ask you to advice whether the reported speech was applied correctly.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards,

ViniciusMoraes87

This lesson was very hard. Could you please make more videos about reported speech?
thanks

evonnek5

Hi Mrs.Rebecca.

My name is Ilgar.I am 32 years old and from Azerbaijan. I would like to improve my english skill and get IELTS certificate.I have watched yours videos on YouTube and enjoy your tutoring. I am looking for English tutor and I think if you will be agree,I would be glad to improve my english to the high level by your support.
How can it be possible to be your student?Do you conduct lessons on SKYPE?
I will look forward to hearing about the ways how I can be your student.

Thanks for attention

Ilgar-1986

Thank you Rebecca

anhvnsg

it’s the first time to understand his lesson. thank you very much.

Aml Mounier

thank you. You said that we had to use the reported speech when we had to say something that someone else had said.

Mayuyita

i am happy i got 10/10

samouha

Thank you …

avictoria

9/10. Thank you! Rebecca, could you please to explain, why in the 4th question the right answer is she “couldn’t come”? Thank you for all your help to us!!

Alenasimple

    i think can not-could not.therefore come no past tense.

    bayanjargal BJ

thank you Rebecca. you are really helping for my study processing.

bayanjargal BJ

THANKS A LOT

I GOT 100%

mohasel

‘do you have exams this Friday?’ mum asked me.
can you please tell me how to write this sentence in reported speech.

Baano kimho
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