Reported statements exercises

Affirmative and negative sentences in the reported speech, backshift of tenses.

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To transfer a positive or a negative sentence from direct to reported speech, we should remember a few important aspects: if needed, change the pronoun and time indicator, do the "backshifting" of tense. Reported speech, especially the backshift of tenses, can be a troublesome issue for English learners. That’s why it is recommended to pay enough attention to it. The exercises on this page will provide you with lots of sample sentences to practise reported statements.