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Topic: reported speech
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:29:52 PM
I have done a quiz about reported speeches and in the quiz I have a problem converting a direct speech sentence to a reported speech sentence .

Sentence 1)"I may lend you some money." - Bill promised .................................................... some money.

according tot the answer key

sentence is ;

Bill promised he might lend me some money.

why there is no time backshifting and why the answer sentence is not the following sentence?

Bill promised he might have lent me some money.

Topic: ''As if''
Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 5:47:31 AM
They are very kind to me .They treat me...........................their own son.

A)as I am B)as if I would be C)as if I am D)as if I were

according to the answer key ''C'' and ''D'' both work for the sentence.

İn my opinion just ''D'' works for the sentence because;

After ''as if'', we sometimes use the past when we are talking about present.

We use the past when the idea is not real.(I am not their own son)

What is your opinion about the answer key ? is it incorrect?
Topic: ''heard you come'' vs ''heard that you came''
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2019 4:51:47 AM
I didn't hear you come in. You must have been very quiet.

Can I make that sentence in following way by using ''that''?

I didn't hear that you came in. You must have been very quiet. or does the sentence still remain like the following way?

I didn't hear that you come in.You must have been very quiet.
Topic: I wish I would vs I wish I did
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:32:53 AM
I wish I wouldn't go to work tomorrow _ incorrect

what about the following sentence?

I wish you would't go to work tomorrow ( a wish for future)
Topic: I wish I would vs I wish I did
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:55:52 AM
if "I wish it would stop raining" is a wish for something to happen in the future, I have a problem with another sentence.

EX;

I wish I......................have to work tomorrow,but unfortunately I do.

A)don't B)didn't C)wouldn't D)won't _________answer is ''B''

if ''would'' refers to future why ''wouldn't'' doesn't work in that sentence ?????


Topic: I wish I would vs I wish I did
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:37:28 AM
Ex;

The weather is horrible.I wish it ...............raining


A)would stop B)stopped C)stops D)will stop __________answer is ''A''.


Why ''B'' does not work in this sentence?


What is the difference in meaning between sentence A and sentence B?

A)The weather is horrible.I wish it would stop raining.

B)The weather is horrible.I wish it stopped raining





Topic: Direct speech vs Reported speech
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:35:34 AM
Romany wrote:
That's a really good question, ulla.

The answer is: we can say it exactly the same way: "I was talking to Jim today and I said "Poor Anna", and he said "Anna is a very lucky woman." The way the hearer knows those are the words he actually said is because our tone changes e.g. Jim is a man, so we might make our tone a little deep or loud to show it's Jim speaking.

But to turn the above into reported speech: "He said THAT Anna is a very lucky woman."


You mean if ''that'' is used , it is exactly reported speech ?
Topic: Direct speech vs Reported speech
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:26:18 AM
Thanks for the reply
Topic: Direct speech vs Reported speech
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 5:49:35 AM
İn writing we can understand the sentence is direct speech if ('') used at the begining and at the end of the sentence.

EX;

He said ''Anna is a very lucky woman''

but in speaking how can we understand if the sentence is reported speech or direct speech?
Topic: can' have done vs couldn't have done
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:25:49 AM
He was in prison at the time that crime was committed.

He ............................................(do) it



For the situation in the sentence above which one is more appropriate?

A)He can't have done it or

B)He couldn't have done it

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