Reported speech

Reported speech

Last week you went to a party. A lot of your friends were there. Here are some things they said to you:

Sara: I’m enjoying my new job. My father isn’t well. 

Claire and Leo: We’re going to buy a house.

Peter: I have to leave early. My sister has gone to Canada.

Kate: I can’t find a job.

Steve: I’ll phone you.

Rachel: I don’t like my job. My son doesn’t like school.

Mike: You look tired. 

Today you meet John. You tell him about the party. You tell him what your friends said:

Sara said that she was enjoying the party. She said that her father wasn’t well.

Claire and Leo said that they were going to buy a house.

Peter said that he had to leave early. He said that his sister had gone to Canada.

Kate said that she couldn’t find a job. 

Steve said that he would phone me.

Rachel said that she didn’t like her job. She said that her son didn’t like school.

Mike said that I looked tire.

He said that / He told me that

Say/said

  • He said that he was tired. (not he said me that)
  • What did she say to you? (not say you)

Note: We say he said to me, I said to Anne, etc.

But not “he said me” , “I said Ann”.

Tell/told

  • He told me that he was tired. (not he told that…)
  • What did she tell you? (not tell to you)

Note: We say he told me, I told Ann, etc. 

But not ” he told to me”, ” I told to Ann”.

You can say:

  • He said that he was tired. or   He said he was tired. (without that)
  • Kate told me that she couldn’t find a job. Or Kate told me she couldn’t find a job.
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