Quiz : Grammar : Reported speech with the present tense and shifting tenses Copy
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Reported statements with that clauses
• who made the statement using a present tense
• Put the information that you are reporting in a . (The word
that is often omitted.)
You can also report statements with verbs like or , or verbs that express thoughts or feelings such as , , and . Notice that tell is followed by a or .
Reported questions with wh- clauses You usually use a wh- clause to report a question. Although these clauses begin with question words ( , what, , when, why, ), they use statement word order.
Reported speech with shifting tenses
When a past tense reporting verb is used, there is often in the verb(s) in the noun clause. Some common shifts are present to , (progressive) and to past perfect (progressive), and will to would.