The teacher said to the students, “Where have you been so long?” Change into Indirect Speech
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Indirect Speech: The teacher asked the students where they had been so long.
Explanation: When the reporting verb is in the past (said) and the direct speech is in the present perfect tense, then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past perfect tense.
Present Perfect Tense > Past Perfect Tense.
And if the sentence is interrogative, we use the reporting verbs – asked, enquired, etc.