Direct speech Reported speech Simple Present -------------- Ex.: he write a letter Simple past He said he wrote a letter Present continuos ------- Ex.: he is writing a letter Past continuos He said he was writing a letter Simple past Ex.: He wrote a letter Present perfect ------------ Ex.: He has written a letter past perfect Ex.: He had written a letter Past continuos ------ Ex.: He was writing a letter Will Ex.: He will write a letter Would ---------- Past perfect He said he had written a letter Past perfect continuos He said he had been writing a letter would He said he would write a letter Direct question Reported question Indirect question Where is the pen? He asked me where the pen was Do you know where the pen is? Anche se è una domanda il verbo va dopo il soggetto Can i read your book? He asked me if he could read my book could you tell me if i can read your book? Parole che cambiano dal discorso diretto al discorso indiretto This That Here There Someone Anyone tomorrow The following day Yesterday The day before ELVIS PRESLEY: “HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU” Have I told you lately that I love you? Could I tell you once again somehow? Have I told with all my heart and soul how I adore you? Well darling I'm telling you now Have I told you lately when I'm sleeping Every dream I dream is you somehow? Have I told you why the nights are long When you're not with me? Well darling I'm telling you now My heart would break in two if I should lose you I'm no good without you anyhow And have I told you lately that I love you Well darling I'm telling you now Beatles: Drive my car I asked a girl "What do you want to be?" She said if I, Baby, couldn´t see, That she wanted to be famous, star of the screen, But that I could do something in between. That I, baby, could drive her car That, yes, she was gonna [going to] be a star That I, baby, could drive her car And that maybe she´d love me. I told my girl "My prospects are good" She said to baby that it was understood, That working for peanuts was all very fine, But that she could show me a better time. Beep, beep, mmm, Beep, beep, mmm, yeah! I told that girl "I can start right away" And she told me to listen, that she had something to say, That she´d got no car, and that it was breaking her heart, But that she´d found a driver, and that that was a start.