Reported Speech Sequence of Basic Tenses

Reported Speech Sequence of Basic Tenses
Reporting Verb in Present / Future

Direct Speech Statements

Reporting Verb
in Past

Present Simple

Present Simple

Past Simple

I know (that) nothing grows in her garden. It never gets any sun.

“Nothing grows in my garden. It never gets any sun.”

Iknew (that) nothing grew in her garden. It never got any sun.

Present Continuous

Present Continuous

Past Continuous

It is reported (that) the new underpass is being officially opened the day after tomorrow.

“The new underpass is being officially opened the day after tomorrow.”


It was reported (that) the new underpass was being officially opened two days later.

Present Perfect

Present Perfect

Past Perfect

He says (that) I haven`t given him quite enough. The bill is £14 and I have paid him only £13.

You haven`t given me quite enough. The bill is £14 and you`ve paid me only £13.


He pointed out (that) I hadn`t given him quite enough. The bill was £14 and I had paid him only £13.

Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect
Continuous


They complain (that) they have been fishing for two hours.

“We have been fishing for two hours.”

They complained (that) they had been fishing for two hours.

Present Continuous

Past Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous

He claims that he was intending to do it tomorrow.

“I was intending to do it tomorrow.”

He claimed that he had been intending to do it the next day.

Past Simple

Past Simple

Past Perfect

She boasts (that) her neighbour hung that picture for her.

“My neighbour hung that picture for me”


She boasted (that) her neighbour had hung that picture for her.

Future Simple

Future Simple

Future Simple
in the Past
Ihope (that) she will not come late.

“She will not come late.”


I hoped (that) she would not come late.

Future Continuous

Future Continuous

Future Continuous
in the Past
She writes (that) they will be fishing with their mother this time tomorrow.

“They will be fishing with their mother this time tomorrow.”

She wrote (that) they would be fishing with their mother that time the next day.

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Future Perfect
 in the Past
She promises (that) she will have finished this job in twenty minutes.

“I will have finished this job in twenty minutes.”


She promised (that) she would have finished that job twenty minutes later.

Future Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous in the Past
They inform (that) she will have been training to be a cook for more than a year by her birthday.

“She will have been training to be a cook for more than a year by her birthday.”


They informed (that) she would have been training to be a cook for more than a year by her birthday.

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