She said to her son, “Why are you sad?” Change into Indirect Speech

She said to her son, “Why are you sad?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: She asked her son why he was sad.

    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.

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