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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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Hi. Could somebody explain to me example Nr 5. Why there is "would" ? Why can`t I say - Erika said she sees her parents the next day.


This is an example of a prediction about the future and we use 'will' for this. Erika says 'will' in direct speech and so in reported speech this becomes 'would'.

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Dear Kirk,
In the task two and task three on this page, we have exercises on reported speech.
I have done this topic in school but there I was taught that we add the word 'that' when convert a direct sentence. For example:

If direct sentence is: He said,"I am not feeling well".

Reported Speech would be (as per my school): He said that he was not feeling well

But on this website, we didn't use 'that'

Reported speech (as per this website): He said he was not feeling well.

Has the word 'that' gone out of fashion or there was a mistake in my school's textbook?

Hello Aditya,

What you learned at school was correct, but it's also true that the word "that" is often left out in reported speech, especially in an informal style - though it can be omitted in formal contexts as well. There are a few reporting verbs that require "that" such as "shout" or "respond", but with many of them, "that" can be dropped.

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Are those all about reported speech, dear Kirk?