Reported speech – mixed English tenses – Exercise 1

Task No. 1127

Finish the given sentences in Reported Speech.

Mind the introductory sentences and backshift of tenses.

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Reported Speech – a summary

Welcome to your Reported Speech mixed English tenses – Exercise 1

1
Max: "She works in a bank."
Max said (that) she .
Clue
Change WORKS (present simple) to WORKED (past simple)
2
John: "I am going to paint the room."
John told me (that) he .
Clue
Change IS GOING (present continuous) to WAS GOING (past continuous)
3
Jake: "They like the film."
Jake said (that) they .
Clue
Change LIKE (present simple) to LIKED (past simple)
4
Petra and Sean: "We need a holiday."
Petra and Sean remarked (that) they .
Clue
Change NEED (present simple) to NEEDED (past simple)
5
Susan: "He can speak German."
Susan told us (that) he .
Clue
Change CAN (present simple) to COULD (past simple). WAS ABLE TO is possible as well.
6
Mum: "Robert has never eaten sushi."
Mum said (that) Robert .
Clue
Change HAS NEVER (present perfect) to HAD NEVER (past perfect)
7
Sarah: "The bus didn't arrive on time."
Sarah said to Garry (that) the bus .
Clue
Change DIDN'T ARRIVE (past simple) to HADN'T ARRIVED (past perfect)
8
Monica: "I'm waiting at the station."
Monica said (that) she .
Clue
Change IS WAITING (present continuous) to WAS WAITING (past continuous)
9
Peter: "Martin doesn't drink coffee."
Peter told us (that) Martin .
Clue
Change DOESN'T DRINK (present simple) to DIDN'T DRINK (past simple)
10
Monica: "Mark and John will go to London."
Monica remarked (that) Mark and John .
Clue
Change WILL GO to WOULD GO