Reported speech can be difficult if you don’t exactly know what it is and how to form it.
If the reporting verb is in the present simple, there is no backshift. If the reporting verb is in the past simple, you usually need backshift so you need to change the verbs in the sentence. If the reporting verb is in the past simple but the information is still true, there is no backshift.
Below you have sentences in direct speech and you need to rewrite them in indirect speech.
- John: “What have you done?”
- My father: “I found a cosy little restaurant.”
- Monica: “I want to be a millionaire.”
- Journalist: “What happened to your face?”
- The teacher: “Monday is the most important day of the week.”
- Donald Trump: “I have won the election.”
- My friend: “Give that man some money.”
- Messi: “I am the richest football player alive.”
- My boss: “Have you done the work I asked you to do?”
- James Cameron: “Titanic and Avatar are my masterpieces.”