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Changes in Pronoun in Indirect Speech.

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Changes in pronoun in Indirect Speech.



The pronoun (subject) of the reported speech is changed according to the

pronoun of reporting verb or object (person) of reporting verb (first part of sentence). Sometimes the pronoun may not change.

1. First person pronoun in reported speech i.e. I, we, me, us, mine, or our, is       changed according to the pronoun of reporting verb if pronoun in reporting verb       is third person pronoun i.e. he, she, it, they, him, his, her, them or their.

Examples.
        Direct speech: He said, “I live in New York”
        Indirect speech: He said that he lived in New York.
        Direct speech: They said, “we love our country”
        Indirect speech: They said that they loved their country

2. First person pronoun in reported speech i.e. I, we, me, us, mine, or our, is not     changed if the pronoun (Subject) of reporting is also first person pronoun i.e. I or     we.

Examples.
      Direct speech: I said, “I write a letter”
      Indirect speech: I said that I wrote a letter.
      Direct speech: We said, “we completed our work”
      Indirect speech: We said that we completed our work.

3. Second person pronoun in reported speech i.e. you, yours is changed according     to the person of object of reporting verb.

Examples.
        Direct speech: She said to him, “you are intelligent”
        Indirect speech: She said to him that he was intelligent.
        Direct speech: He said to me, “you are late for the party”
        Indirect speech: He said to me that I was late for the party.

4. Third person pronoun in reported speech i.e. he, she, it, they, him, his, her, them       or their, is not changed in indirect speech.

Examples.
    Direct speech: They said, “he will come”
    Indirect speech: They said that he would come.
    Direct speech: You said, “they are waiting for the bus”
    Indirect speech: You said that they were waiting for the bus.


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