Hi teachers,

In reported speech the conjunction 'that' is optional with the verbs, 'said, told, asked, and thought', and somehow it is better to use it with the verb 'answered'. Am I correct?

Thanks in advance
Hi,

It's not a matter of better or not. Sometimes you'll find yourself using "that", but sometimes you'll simply omit it. I would say that it depends on the mood and context. However, you can't even give a vague rule to determine whether to use "that" or not. I agree, however, that this word is often omitted in colloquial / informal language.

She told me she was tired.

She told me that she was tired.

Regards
Hi,

Thank you very much for your reply. I was trying to make a rule out of it, but I can see that it is not possible. Not only because of you answer, CalifJim, another teacher here, has helped me too in this matter. Sometimes I'm too stubborn and I keep asking the same thing in different ways. Emotion: embarrassed

Best,

TS
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Hi,

Thank you very much for your reply. I was trying to make a rule out of it, but I can see that it is not possible. Not only because of you answer, CalifJim, another teacher here, has helped me too in this matter. Sometimes I'm too stubborn and I keep asking the same thing in different ways. Emotion: embarrassed

Best,

TS