She said to me, “Why did the teacher punish you?” Change into Indirect Speech
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Indirect Speech: She asked me why the teacher had punished me.
Explanation: When the reporting verb is in the past (said) and the direct speech is in the past indefinite tense, then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past perfect tense.
Past Indefinite Tense > Past Perfect Tense.
And if the sentence is interrogative, we use the reporting verbs – asked, enquired, etc.