b. Both the tree and the suitcase should be more damaged.
c. It could have been taken on a special spot at the Grand Canyon.
Check what you know. Match sentences 1-4 with functions a) to c).
1. I asked you before the show if you’d ever earned money for your hoax work. c
2. You said you often worked with the police. a
3. Sometimes the police ask me to decide if the photograph is a hoax. b
4. A friend told me he had seen it with his own eyes a number of years before. a
a) Reporting a statement
b) Reporting a request
c) Reporting a question
For the sentences in Exercise 4A, write the exact words each person said in their original
1. “Have you ever made money for your hoax work?”
2. “I often work with the police.”
3. “Decide if this photograph is a hoax.”
4. “I saw it with my own eyes a couple of years ago.”
Work in pairs and answer the questions. Use the sentences in Exercise 4A to help.
1. What usually happens to verb forms when we report what people say?
They change to past tense.
2. Why does the verb form stay the same in sentence 2?
Because he still works with the police, at least since the moment he was asked, until it is
3. What is the difference in word order between reported and direct questions?
The order doesn’t change: the words do.
4. When do we use if in reported questions?
To ask if something was, is or will be done.
5. Which form do we use to report a request?
6. What happens to time phrases such as ago, yesterday, today, next week?
They are used to say when the action is made.