He said to me, “Were you busy?” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to me, “Were you busy?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked me if I had been busy.

    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 (were) > Past Indefinite Tense (had been).

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

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