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DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:17:54 AM

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Hi teachers,
Peter is talking to Mary.
Peter: Would you like to come with us to the cinema tonight?

The indirect speech of the sentence above is:
He asked (Mary/her) if she would like to come with them to the cinema that night.

Question:
Books say that "would" is one of those modal verbs, along with "should, might, could and ought to" that don't change in indirect speech. That said, is this indirect speech sentence also possible? If that is so, why?
He asked Mary if she wanted to go to the cinema with them that night.

Thanks.
BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:20:55 AM
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It's possible. Outside grammar exercises, people often report the situation rather than the exact words said.
DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:19:07 AM

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BobShilling wrote:
It's possible. Outside grammar exercises, people often report the situation rather than the exact words said.


Thanks for your help, Bob.

David.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:33:07 PM

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DavidLearn wrote:
Hi teachers,
Peter is talking to Mary.
Peter: Would you like to come with us to the cinema tonight?

The indirect speech of the sentence above is:
He asked (Mary/her) if she would like to come with them to the cinema that night.

Question:
Books say that "would" is one of those modal verbs, along with "should, might, could and ought to" that don't change in indirect speech. That said, is this indirect speech sentence also possible? If that is so, why?
He asked Mary if she wanted to go to the cinema with them that night.

Thanks.


Yes, because "if she would like" and "if she wanted to go" both convey the same thing -- does she have the desire to go.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:34:05 PM

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FounDit wrote:
Yes, because "if she would like" and "if she wanted to go" both convey the same thing -- does she have the desire to go.


Thanks a lot for your interest as well, FounDit.

David.
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