My mother said to me, “Do you know when Ann is coming to see us?” Change into Indirect Speech

My mother said to me, “Do you know when Ann is coming to see us?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: My mother asked me if I knew when Ann was coming to see us.

    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 (know) > Past Indefinite Tense (knew)

    And 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 (is coming) > Past Continuous Tense (was coming)

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

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