The doctor said to the patient, “How do you feel now? Has the pain gone down?” Change into Indirect Speech

The doctor said to the patient, “How do you feel now? Has the pain gone down?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: The doctor asked the patient how he/she felt then and if the pain had gone down.

    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 (feel) > Past Indefinite Tense (felt)

    And 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 (gone) > Past Perfect Tense (had gone)

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

    Note: While answering to “yes or no questions”, we use if or whether.

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