He said to her, “Do you think it may rain today?” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to her, “Do you think it may rain today?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked her if she thought it might rain that day.

    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.

    Explanation: If the reporting verb is in the past tense, then the modals like can changes to could, may changes to might, will/shall change to would, have to changes to had to etc.

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