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Hi teachers,
Needed information: the doctor lied to the postman. The 'lady' was Merrick, a man, the Elephant Man.
According to this context:
The postman smiled. Is the gentleman ill? he asked. I thought quickly. Yes. But this is a lady, not a gentleman. I’m a doctor, and she’s ill. Take her hand, so I can help her better.
Is this question and answer suitable? Is the conjunction 'that' necessary?
Who did the doctor say that Merrick was?
He said that Merrick was a lady.

Thanks in advance.
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Yes. 'That' is an option:

Who did the doctor say (that) Merrick was? He said that Merrick was a lady.
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Hi Mister Micawber,
Thank you for your help.

TS