Alterações nos tempos verbais no Reported Speech. O verbo principal retrocede um tempo verbal. Por Exemplo:
Em Direct Speech (Discurso Direto): 'I live in Italy. She said'
Em Reported Speech (Discurso Indireto): 'She said that she lived in Italy'.
|Direct Speech||→||Reported Speech|
|"I work in Argentina"||He said that he worked in Argentina|
|"I am doing my job"||He said that he was doing his job|
|"We saw a good film on TV"||He said they had seen a good film on TV.|
|"I was dancing with Mary"||He said he had been dancing with Mary|
|Present Perfect||→||Past Perfect|
|"I have done this before"||She said that she had done that before|
|"I have been doing this for two years"||He said that he had been doing that for two years|
|"I will visit my mother"||He said that he would visit his mother|
|"I will be flying to Spain"||He said that he would be flying to Spain|
|Future Perfect||→||Conditional Perfect|
|"I will have arrived there by 5 pm"||He said he would have arrived here by 5 pm|
|"I will have been selling books for two years"||He said that he would have been selling books for two years|