The teacher said to me, “Can you not play today?” Change into Indirect Speech
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Indirect Speech: The teacher asked me whether I could not play that day.
Explanation: If the reporting verb is in the past tense, then the modals like can changes to could, may changes to might, will/shall change to would, have to changes to had to etc.
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.