# Indirect Speech (1)?

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Please fix the mistakes:

Direct: Now (1)
Indirect: Then =at that time = immediately. (2)

(That means:

Direct speech:

I must go now.

In direct speech:

She said that she must go immediately. (1)
=She said that she must go then. (2)
=She said that she must go at that time. (3)

Do you think (1), (2), (3) are correct? If so, immediately =then = at that time. ?

If not, please tell me the difference.
Quoc
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"Immediately" doesn't change in the indirect/reported speech (as far as I know), and neither does "at once" Maybe a native will correct me, though.

I'd use "then", or "at that moment".
Tung QuocPlease fix the mistakes:

Direct: Now (1)
Indirect: Then =at that time = immediately. =at that moment(2)

(That means:

Direct speech:

I must go now.

In direct speech:

She said that she must go immediately. (1)
=She said that she must go then. (2)
=She said that she must go at that time. (3)

Do you think (1), (2), (3) are correct? If so, immediately =then = at that time.= at that monment ?

If not, please tell me the difference.
Quoc
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Say you are at a party.

X says: "I must go now".

Y, sitting beside you, is a bit deaf, and asks: "What did she say?"

So you answer: "she said she must go now". When you report a speech that has just been said, there's no need to change anything.

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Say you are interrogated by a police officer about what went on during a party 2 weeks ago.

PO: "What did she say?"

You: "She (X) said she had to go then". The direct speech occurred 2 weeks ago, so you make changes.
Pieanne"Immediately" doesn't change in the indirect/reported speech (as far as I know), and neither does "at once" Maybe a native will correct me, though.

I'd use "then", or "at that moment".
Based on your performance on these boards, Pianne, it's difficult to believe that you are not a native.
You wrote:

Say you are interrogated by a police officer about what went on during a party 2 weeks ago.

PO: "What did she say?"

You: "She (X) said she had to go then" (1). The direct speech occurred 2 weeks ago, so you make changes.

Can I answer as follows:

She (X) said she had to go at that time. (2)

She (X) said she had to go at that moment. (3)

She (X) said she had to go immediately.(4)

(1), (2), (3), (4) have the same meaning? If not, p;ease tell me the difference.

Q
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(4) I wouldn't use it

(2) (3) A little yes, but that wouldn't be much used. "Then" is the best/most used solution.
Philip
Pieanne
"Immediately" doesn't change in the indirect/reported speech (as far as I know), and neither does "at once" Maybe a native will correct me, though.

I'd use "then", or "at that moment".

Based on your performance on these boards, Pianne, it's difficult to believe that you are not a native.
Philip,

Thanks for brightening up my day!
Hi guys,

I have to go now.

I have to go immediately.

My subjective feeling is that, in everyday English, 'immediately' conveys more urgency than 'now'.

In simple terms, 'immediately' could mean I'm getting up as I say it, but 'now' could mean I might get up in 5 or 10 minutes, or even longer.

Best wishes, Clive
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