Grammar in Context: Reported Speech - in Context: Reported Speech We often use reported speech (also called indirect speech) when passing on a telephone message to someone else.

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<ul><li><p>Grammar in Context: Reported Speech</p><p>We often use reported speech (also called indirect speech) when passing on a telephone message to someone else.For example:</p><p>Direct Speech (using the callers exact words) Reported (Indirect) Speech </p><p>The caller said, I will call back in an hour. The caller said he would call back in an hour.</p><p>The caller said, I cant babysit tonight. She told me she couldnt babysit tonight.</p><p>The called asked, When will you be available? The caller asked when you would be available.</p><p>The caller said, Please send me the report. The caller asked you to send her the report.</p><p>1 Change the following messages from Sara to reported speech.</p><p>1.</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>2 Record your own message and ask your partner to report it to you. </p><p>1. Please tell Paul thatIm running late andwill be there at 5:00.</p><p>2. Could you please askthe manager to callme back?</p><p>3. Please tell Eduardothat I am cancellingmy appointment. </p><p>4. Can we have theorder by next week?</p><p>L INC 6 Chapter 7 | Telephone Calls 385</p></li></ul>

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