He said to me, “I have never seen such a lazy boy as you are.” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to me, “I have never seen such a lazy boy as you are.” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He told me that he had never seen such a lazy boy as I were.

    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.

    Here, have is itself a verb and not an auxiliary verb. Hence, the sentence is in simple present tense and not in present perfect tense.

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