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Hi, Teacher

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I practiced changing direct speech to reported speech.

For example, He said to me, 'I'm going to be late.'

to change it to reported speech, it could be 'He told me that he was going to be late.'

But i wonder if 'He said to me that he was going to be late' is also grammatically correct.

Do I have to change 'said to me' in the direct speech to 'told me' in the reported speech?

I think 'said to me' in the direct speech is likely to be correct in grammar as well as meaning

What do you think?

<2>Which is better?

①Today we're going to study 'the passive'

②Today we're going to learn 'the passive'.

I heard that language is not studied but learned..

so when we talk about grammar, which is better, 'learn grammar' or 'study grammar'?

<3> What is the difference between them?

①Have you ever considered going to live in another country?

②Have you ever considered going to live in other country?

I wonder if they are the same or different..

<4>What is the difference between them?

① It has started raining.

② It started raining.

<5> what does 'Don't bother locking the door' mean?

It means "Be sure to lock the door" or "you don't have to lock the door and it doesn't matter" ?

Thanks

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<1> Do I have to change 'said to me' in the direct speech to 'told me' in the reported speech? I think 'said to me' in the direct speech is likely to be correct in grammar as well as meaning. -- I think either is OK,but told is usually used.

<2>Which is better? ①Today we're going to study 'the passive'.

<3> What is the difference between them?

①Have you ever considered going to live in another country?-- OK

②Have you ever considered going to live in other country? -- wrong

<4>What is the difference between them?

① It has started raining.-- it's still raining

② It started raining.-- no indication whether it is still raining or not.

<5> what does 'Don't bother locking the door' mean? = "you don't have to lock the door and it doesn't matter" OR "Don't lock the door".
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Thanks a lot for your answer.

It was very helpful..