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Northern Ireland Scene 2 Language Focus

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


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Sorry for the confusion that I've made.I just wanted to know,if something in passive voice in direct speech, then how is it convert to the indirect speech?

he said,"the castle was built in 16th century "
He said the castle had been built in 16th century. or he said,the castle was built in 16th century.

Hello dlis,

OK, thanks for clarifying. You could say either one, but often the first one is probably better. It depends on the context.

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The LearnEnglish Team

What about other tenses (past participle, present participle etc.) in direct speech. And does it change with passive?

Hello dlis,

Could you please explain your question more thoroughly, with specific examples? We get a lot of comments every day and clear, specific questions make it much easier for us to respond to them well.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello !
Please, I have a question for you, Kirk !

I saw in the video (1:33-1:37) the following exemples:
You can take a bus or a train. - direct speech
She said I could take a bus or a train. - reported speech

In the reported speech, the pronoun "I" shouldn't become "she" or maybe it is not necessary to change the pronoun ?
She said she could take a bus or a train.

Thank you !

Hello clauvera2016,

When Stephen transforms the direct speech into indirect speech in that way, he's taking the sentence as if a woman (Ashlie, for example) said 'You can take a bus or a train' to him. Then he reports to Rob what Ashlie said to him.

But of course one could take the sentence in a different way and use 'she' instead of 'I'. This would make sense, for example, if Ashlie said 'How should I go? You can take a bus or train' and then Rob reported to us 'She said she could take ...'

Does that make sense? By the way, thanks for providing the time codes for those sentences!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! There's a misprint in Task2 in this sentence:
"Ciaran said she didn't know where John was ."
According to the Task1, and in general, there must be "he" instead of "she".
Best wishes,

Hello Dima,

Thanks for point this out to us! I've just fixed it, though it may take a day for it to appear correctly online.

Thanks again!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team