If you haven't yet, please check out part 1 of this GrammarReminder series for a quick introduction to reported speech.
In part 2, we're going to look at some examples of reporting someone's speech. Take note of how the present tense becomes past tense, the past tense becomes past perfect, the present perfect becomes past perfect, and how will becomes would.
John said, "I'm going on vacation."
Reported Speech: I spoke to John, and he said he was going on vacation.
John said, "I don't want to spend too much money, so I'm going somewhere close to home."
Reported Speech: He said he didn't want to spend too much money so he was going somewhere close to home.
John said, "My neighbor will keep an eye on my house. I've watched their house before when they went on vacation.
Reported speech: He said his neighbor would keep an eye on his house. He said he had watched their house before when they had gone on vacation.
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