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He/she said that … He/she told me that …

When retelling something that you have seen or been told, your speech switches to past tense.

 

What is being said (Present tense)Changing the verbRetelling what’s been said (Past tense)
I am walking to school.My sister isn’t able to come today.Am

Was

Is

She said she was walking to school.His sister was not able to come today
We are going to enjoy swimming on holiday.       Are          WereKim and Hayley said they were going to enjoy swimming on holiday.
I have to be at the train station in the morning.My passport has not expired.        Have           Had

Has

Jean said she had to be at the train station in the morning.She said her passport had not expired.
I can’t find my bag.          Can              CouldMary said she couldn’t find her bag.
I will clean the garden.      Will            WouldHe said he would clean the garden.
I don’t go shopping on Tuesdays.My nephew doesn’t like fireworks a lot. Do     Did

Does

Laura said she didn’t go shopping on Tuesdays.She said her nephew doesn’t like fireworks.
You cook delicious food.I feel it needs more spice.Cook   Cooked

          Feel              

Felt

Martin cooked delicious food.He felt it needed more spice.

 

 

He/she said that …            He/she told me that …   Exercises..


 

Read these statements and rewrite the sentences with He/She/They said …

 

  1. I’m very late to work today ……………..She said she was very late to work today…… (Example Answer) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  2. I learning how to drive ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  3. We’ll be learning about Egyptians in history ………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  4. I have to finish my work ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  5. We haven’t been on holiday in a long time …………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  6. I can’t go swimming …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

Write say/said or tell/told in the following statements.

 

  1. She …………….. she has had enough.

  2. What did the teacher ………………. you in the meeting?

  3. Please don’t …………………… the cake wasn’t big enough.

  4. She ……………….. me why she was late.

  5. I was ………………… about the engagement yesterday.

  6. I ……………………. she can come over tonight.

 

 

Create your own sentences in past tense using say/said/tell/told. Challenge yourself by adding extra information and opinions in the sentences to make them more detailed.

 

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