They said to me, “Was Prabhat ill?” Change into Indirect Speech

They said to me, “Was Prabhat ill?” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: They asked me if Prabhat had been ill.

    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.

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

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