He said, “Is the car new or second-hand?” Change the narration.

He said, “Is the car new or second-hand?” Change the narration.

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked whether the car was new or second-hand.

    Explanation: When the reporting verb is in the past (said) and the direct speech is in the present indefinite tense (simple present tense), then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past indefinite tense.

    Present Indefinite Tense > Past Indefinite Tense.

    And if the sentence is interrogative, we use the reporting verbs – asked, enquired, etc.

    Note: While answering to “yes or no questions”, we use if or whether.

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