He said that / He told me that. Reported speech

Diane: ‘I am going to buy a new car’
Diane said that she was going to buy a new car.

Peter: ‘My sister lives in New York’
Peter said that his sister lived in New York.

Kate: ‘I have to wake up early’
Kate said that she had to wake up early.

Tom: ‘I can swim well’
Tom said that he could swim well.

Sarah: ‘I will phone you later’
Sarah said that she would phone me later.

Mike: ‘I don’t like my job’
Mike said that he didn’t like his job.

Rachel: ‘I feel fine’
Rachel said that she felt fine.

In reported speech, the verb in the present tense changes to the verb in the past tense. However, there are some specific cases. For example, when you are certain that at the moment things are the same, you can leave the verb in the present tense. For example, He said that she was 30. If there is 100% certainty that she is still 30, then we can say so: He said that she is 30.

If in a direct speech the verb is used already in the past tense, then in an reported speech you can leave it in the past tense or use Past Perfect. For example, Kate: 'I woke up early'. In an indirect speech, one can say both 'Kate said that she had woken up early.' And 'Kate said that she woke up early.'

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