He said to us, “Why are you sitting about there doing nothing?” Change into Indirect Speech

He said to us, “Why are you sitting about there doing nothing?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He asked us why we were sitting about there doing nothing.

    Explanation: When the reporting verb is in the past (said) and the direct speech is in the present continuous tense, then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past continuous tense.

    Present Continuous Tense > Past Continuous Tense.

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

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