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Times

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When we use reported speech, we usually have to make changes to references to time:

Direct Speech Indirect Speech
now
‘I’m speaking with him now’
→ then/at that moment
She said that she was speaking with him then/at that moment.
today
‘I have to work 10 hours today.’
→ that day
He said he had to work 10 hours that day.
yesterday
‘We saw James yesterday.’
→ the day before
He said that they had seen James the day before.
next week
‘David is visiting next week.’
→ the following week
He said that David was visiting the following week.
tonight
‘I’m going to stay in tonight.’
→ that night
She said she was going to stay in that night.
tomorrow
‘I will probably go swimming tomorrow.’
→ the next/following day
He said that he would probably go swimming the next day.
next year
‘I hope to see you next year’
→ the following year
She said that she hoped to see me the following year.
ago
‘I saw him 5 days ago’
→ before
She said that she had seen him 5 days before.
next year
‘I hope to see you next year’
→ the following year
She said that she hoped to see me the following year.
next year
‘I hope to see you next year’
→ the following year
She said that she hoped to see me the following year.
next year
‘I hope to see you next year’
→ the following year
She said that she hoped to see me the following year.

 

 

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