The captain said to the soldiers, “How far is the border from here?” Change into indirect speech.

The captain said to the soldiers, “How far is the border from here?” Change into indirect speech.

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  1. Indirect Speech: The captain asked the soldiers how far the border was from there.

    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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