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Hi teachers,

Tom: And is it very far? I mean, how long does it take to walk there?

Policeman: About twenty minutes, if you walk quickly.

According to the above conversation, is the following question and answer right?

How long did the policeman say it took to walk there?

He said it took to walk there about ten minutes, if he walked quickly.

Thanks in advance
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Thinking SpainTom: And is it very far? I mean, how long does it take to walk there?
Policeman: About twenty minutes, if you walk quickly.
According to the above conversation, is the following question and answer right?
How long did the policeman say it took to walk there?
He said it took to walk there about ten minutes, if he walked quickly.
According to the above conversation, is the following question and answer right? No.
AlpheccaStarsAccording to the above conversation, is the following question and answer right? No.

So, which is the right question and answer then?
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Thinking SpainHow long did the policeman say it took to walk there?
He said it took to walk there about ten minutes, if he walked quickly.
He said it took about ten minutes (to walk there) if you walked quickly.

CJ
If the first conversation is the source for the answer, then the answer is twenty, not ten, minutes.
Thank you so much CalifJim.

What confuses me in this answer is if it has to be in 'reported speech'.

Why do I think that? Because I'm using the reported verb 'said'.

I hope you can help me.

Thanks once again
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Thank you for your correction AlpheccaStars. But you could have point out that from the very beginning instead of just saying 'no', couldn't you?

Everybody makes mistakes and sometimes because we focus our attention in other things we are wrong in the simplest things. I think it's human nature, at least mine. So sorry to have made that mistake. Thanks for your time and of course I'll try to pay more attention to my questions. I always grow with criticism, constructive criticism of course.

Thinking SpainWhy do I think that? Because I'm using the reported verb 'said'.

Sorry I meant the 'reporting verb'
Thinking SpainThank you for your correction AlpheccaStars. But you could have pointed out that out from the very beginning instead of just saying 'no', couldn't you?
Indeed, I could have made the correction for you.
It is hard to judge when to just give someone an answer or when to give them the freedom to get an "aha" moment for themselves. It is particularly difficult when there is no face-to-face contact, so, with no other information to go on, I take the best guess.
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