He said to me, “What is it you have done?” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to me, “What is it you have done?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked me what it was that I had done.

    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 (is) > Past Indefinite Tense (was).

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

    Present Perfect Tense (have done) > Past Perfect Tense (had done).

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

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