Direct and Indirect Speech No discurso direto, nós temos as palavras exatamente como são ditas pela pessoa que fala e geralmente indicadas entre aspas ou travessão. No discurso indireto, quando relatamos as palavras ditas por alguém, mantemos o mesmo significado, mas com uma forma diferente. Say e tell são os verbos usados nesse tipo de estrutura. Veja nas tabelas a seguir as principais mudanças a serem feitas para converter o discurso direto em indireto: Mudança nos tempos verbais Discurso direto Discurso Indireto Simple Present Simple Past Present Continuous Past Continuous Simple Past Past Perfect Present Perfect Past Perfect Simple Future Simple Conditional Simple Conditional Conditional Perfect May Might Can Could Past Continuous Past Continuous Past Perfect Past Perfect Could Could Might Might Should Should Ought Ought Exemplos: Ringo said, “I study hard to pass my exams”. Ringo said he studied hard to pass his exams. Anthony said “I am going downtown now”. Anthony said he was going downtown then. Emilia said “I didn’t buy that dog!” Emilia said she hadn’t bought that dog. I said “I have lived here for ages”. I said I had lived there for ages. The boys said to his friends “we’ll win the match!” The boys told his friends that they would win the match. I said to my girlfriend “love can tear us apart”. I told my girlfriend that love could tear us apart.