He said to me, “Do you know the person you are living with was a thief?” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to me, “Do you know the person you are living with was a thief?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked me if I knew the person I was living with had been a thief.

    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 (know) > Past Indefinite Tense (knew).

    And if the direct speech is in the present continuous tense, then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past continuous tense.

    Present Continuous Tense (am living) > Past Continuous Tense (was living).

    And when the direct speech is in the past indefinite tense, then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past perfect tense.

    Past Indefinite Tense (was) > Past Perfect Tense (had been).

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

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