Simple past grammar

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Tense Direct Speech

Tense Reported Speech

        Present Simple       

        “I eat an apple”                                 

Pas    Past Simple

Sally  She said that she ate an apple

        Present Continuous

          “I am eating

Past   Past Continuous

Sally She said she was eating an ap

       Present Perfect

         “I have eaten

Past   Past Perfect

Sally She said she had eaten an appl

               Past Simple

          “I ate an apple”

Past   Past Perfect

Sally She said she had eaten an appl

        Past Continuous

        “I was eating

Past  Past Perfect

         continuous

Sally She said she had been eating

          Past Perfect

“        I had eaten

Past   Past Perfect

Sally She said she had eaten an appl

         Future WILL

        “I will eat an apple”

W          WOULD

Sally She said she would eat an appl

          CAN                M MUST

         MAY

         COULD

         SHOULD

“I can eat an apple”

       “I must eat an apple”     

       “I may eat an apple”

“       I could eat an apple”

         “I should eat

           COULD

          HAD TO

          MIGH T

          COULD

          SHOULD

Sally She said she could eat an appl

Sally               she had to eat an appl

Sally               she might eat an appl

Sally               she could eat an appl

Sally               she should eat an ap

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