He said to me, “Why are you silent? Speak out.” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to me, “Why are you silent? Speak out.” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked me why I was silent and urged me to speak out.

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

    And while reporting imperative sentences we use reporting verbs like ask, request, beg, order, advise, wish, urge etc to match the mood of the sentence.

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