Reported Statements

The featured image above is of examples coming from point 8 in REPORTED SPEECH in B1. The criterion is for REPORTED STATEMENTS where a PRONOUN AND TENSE SHIFT might be relevant. Yet, Point 75 in the category of PAST with past perfect simple in B2 with REPORTS OF STATEMENTS where the main verb in the reporting clause is in the past simple is exactly the same for a few of the examples.

The question is then, are these B1 or B2?

One of the example sentences below, from point 7 in REPORTED SPEECH B1 with the USE of ‘WONDER’, REPORTED THOUGHT is also caught under point 75 B2:

Finally, ‘said’ and ‘told’ + a clause is A2.

Collocates 4 spaces either side on COCA corpus for:

“said that”

SAID THAT 67523

1 OFFICIALS 773

2 SPOKESMAN 263
3 REPEATEDLY 119
4 SPOKESWOMAN 103
5 SURVEYED 56

“told”

1 ME 48482

TOLD ME THAT 8460

2 HIM 30033
3 STORY 5858
4 REPORTERS 3613
5 STORIES 2470

“said”

1 SPOKESMAN 5933
2 SPOKESWOMAN 2747
3 SOFTLY 2337
4 FLATLY 445
5 GESTURING 364

“told” + (2 spaces to the right) “that”

THAT 35250

 

“Told me that”

1 ONCE 286

2 FRIEND 91
3 SOMEBODY 71
4 DOCTOR 58
5 GRANDMOTHER 21


EXPERT EXAMPLES:

Alan Smithers, the professor of education at Buckingham University, said that universities were under pressure from the government.

dailymail.co.uk

 

She said that the wonderful pictures were to tell us how rich our culture was with symbols.

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