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IndirectSpeechforModals
IndirectSpeechforModals,e.g.MUST,MAY,CAN,MIGHT,etc
Forconvertingdirectspeechintoindirectspeech,PresentModals(e.g.Must,Can,May)arechangedintoPast
Modals(i.e.Could,Might,Hadto).Readthefollowingexamples:
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2017615 IndirectSpeechforModalsi.e.Can,May,Might,Shouldetc

DirectSpeech IndirectSpeech
CANchangesintoCOULD
Hesaid,Icansingasong. Hesaidthathecouldsingasong.
Shesaid,Icanwriteapoem. Shesaidthatshecouldwriteapoem.
Davidsaid,IcanplayaGuitar. DavidsaidthathecouldplayaGuitar.
MAYchangesintoMIGHT
Shesaid,ImaygotoParis. ShesaidthatshemightgotoParis.
Hesaid,ImaycallaDoctor ShesaidthatshemightgotoParis.
Theysaid,Wemaybuyacar Theysaidthatmightbuyacar.
MUSTchangesintoHADTO
Hesaid,Imuststudythisbook. Hesaidthathehadtostudythisbook.
Theysaid,Wemustfinishtheworkintime. Theysaidthattheyhadtofinishtheworkintime.
Shesaid,Imusteatahealthydiet. Shesaidthatshehadtoeatahealthydiet.

IndirectSpeechforModals,e.g.MIGHT,SHOULD,WOULD,
COULD,OUGHTTO
TheseModalsarenotchangedandremainsameinindirectspeech.Readthefollowingexamples.

DirectSpeech IndirectSpeech
SHOULD
Hesaid,IshouldstartaJob. HesaidthatheshouldstartaJob.
Shesaid,Ishouldnotwastemytime. Shesaidthatsheshouldnotwastehertime.
Theysaid,Weshouldhelpthepoor. Theysaidthatweshouldhelpthepoor.
MIGHT
Shesaid,Imighteatacake. Shesaidthatshemighteatacake.
Theysaid,WemightgotoaCinema. TheysaidthattheymightgotoaCinema.
Hesaid,Imightattendthemeeting. Hesaidthathemightattendthemeeting.
COULD
Davidsaid,IcouldbuyaCamera. DavidsaidthathecouldbuyaCamera.
Hesaid,IcouldplayFootball. HesaidthathecouldplayFootball.
Shesaid,Icouldcooksomefood. Shesaidthatshecouldcooksomefood.
WOULD
Shesaid,Iwouldwaitformyson. Shesaidthatshewouldwaitforherson.
Hesaid,Iwoulddecoratethewalls Hesaidthathewoulddecoratethewalls.
Theysaid,Wewouldwatchamovie Theysaidthattheywouldwatchamovie.
OUGHTTO
Davidsaid,Ioughttoavoidunhealthydiets. Davidsaidthatheoughttoavoidunhealthydiets.
Hesaid,Ioughttostartabusiness. Hesaidthatheoughttostartabusiness.
Shesaid,Ioughtnottowastemytime. Shesaidthatsheoughtnottowastehertime.

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