Warm up your tongue with a tongue twister.
Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter.
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better.
So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.
Grammar. Reported speech
When we report someone’s words we have to make some changes. First of all, they refer to the grammar tenses. So let’s remember how the tenses are changed. One hint will help you. Here it is: we must shift a tense one step back. Let’s try it!
Pronouns and time and place phrases in reported speech.
Also, pronouns and phrases describing time and places may change. Let’s review this! Here’s an example of how personal pronouns can change:
“I can take a book to my English class and discuss it with my teacher,” thought the student.
The student thought he could take a book to his English class and discuss it with his teacher.
Time to practice!
Read the following excerpt from a lecture on the Iliad.
The Iliad is the first work of European literature. It was written by Homer. It is about the city of Troy and the Trojan War. In fact, the Iliad takes its name from “Ilios”, an ancient Greek word for “Troy”. This story had a central place in Greek mythology. The Iliad will be interesting for people of different ages and backgrounds.
Now report what you have read. There’re six sentences with the gaps. Choose the right variant for each gap.