Mr Abdul said to me, “Why are you late today?” Change into indirect speech.
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Indirect Speech: Mr Abdul asked me why I was late that day.
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.
And if the sentence is interrogative, we use the reporting verbs – asked, enquired, etc.