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Hi teachers,

When you have the word 'then' in direct speech and you want to write it in reported speech, does this word change? if not why?

For example:

Tom: But the roads were also crowed this morning and you drove a lot faster then.

Reported Speech:

Tom said that the roads have been also very crowed that morning and she had driven a lot faster then.

Thanks in advance
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Hi,
When you have the word 'then' in direct speech and you want to write it in reported speech, does this word change? No.
if not why? It means 'at that time'. The time referred to is indicated by the tense of the associated verb (ie 'had driven').

Consider this future-oriented example.
Tom: I will see Mary next Friday. She will have finished her exams then.
Reported speech: Tom said that he would see Mary the next Friday, and that she would have finished her exams then.

For example:
Tom: But the roads were also crowed this morning and you drove a lot faster then.

Reported Speech:
Tom said that the roads had have been also very crowded that morning and she had driven a lot faster then.

Clive
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Hi! When there is "now and then" used in direct speech, how is it turned into reported speech? The sentence is Jack: I've got to try something different now and then. Thank you!

It's just an idiomatic expression that means 'occasionally'. You don't have to change it.

eg Jack said that he had to try something different now and then.

eg Jack said that he had to try something different occasionally.

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