Rob tells us about He said, She said, and then gives us a bit of information about the word 'bit'.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use 'a bit' to make an adjective weaker, e.g. 'a bit nervous'. We can also use 'a little bit' and 'slightly' in the same way, e.g. 'a little bit nervous', 'slightly nervous'.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Could you give me some examples of those reporting verbs "shout" and "respond" where the word "that" is required, please?

Hello AdityaAgarwal,

He shouted that he needed help.

She shouted that there was a problem with the car.

We responded that we were working as hard as we could.

If he asks for more time for his homework, I will respond that I have already given him one extension and cannot give him another.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your assistance! That's real help. This site is useful.

Are those all about reported speech, dear Kirk?

Hi Anh,

I'm not sure I understand your question - Tasks 1 and 2 are to practise reported speech. If you're wondering if we have other pages with reported speech, we do on our Reported Speech 1, Reported Speech 2 and in one How to video.

If I've not answered your question, please let me know!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Cheers Kirk, I'm studying about reported speech in English and this is a great source. Precisely I don't know what Rob said on the video are all about reported speech, or just a piece of it. I doubt it's not gonna be that simple , isn't it?

Hi Anh,

Ok, I understand now. You're right: most of what Rob explains is related to reported speech, but he also talks about other things.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Why can't I watch the video???in my scree appear "video forbidden this video is private error code 4"
Ican't live without Rob!!!

Hi Alebroc,

Could you try viewing it again? I was just able to view the episode without any trouble.

Are you using the same device and/or browser that you've used to watch Word on the Street in the past? If you've changed, perhaps there's a compatibility issue.

If my ideas don't work, please let me know!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Rob . I have learnt something new today.