Hi Teachers,

Could you tell me if the Reported Speech sentences are possible according to the information given?

This is what Coke answered to the old lady.

"They are just my work-clothes," Coke answered.

Coke answered,They are just my work-clothes.

Reported Speech:

a) Coke answered (that) they were just his work-clothes.

Can I also say?

b) Coke answered to the old lady (that) they were just his work-clothes.

Thanks in advance





both a and b are fine.
Hi ClarkePeters,

Thank you very much for your reply.

So, 'to the old lady' and 'that' are both optionals, aren't they?

b) Coke answered to the old lady (that) they were just his work-clothes.

Best regards

TS