Endringer i verbets tempus i indirekte tale
Tempus i indirekte tale er vanligvis et tempus bak det vi bruker i direkte tale:
She said, "I am tired." = She said that she was tired.
|Frase i Direkte Tale||Tilsvarende Frase i Indirekte Tale|
|"I always drink coffee", she said||She said that she always drank coffee.|
|Presens samtidsform||Preteritum samtidsform|
|"I am reading a book", he explained.||He explained that he was reading a book|
|"Bill arrived on Saturday", he said.||He said that Bill had arrived on Saturday.|
|Presens partisipp||Perfektum partisipp|
|"I have been to Spain", he told me.||He told me that he had been to Spain.|
|Perfektum partisipp||Perfektum partisipp|
|"I had just turned out the light," he explained.||He explained that he had just turned out the light.|
|Presens partisipp samtidsform||Perfektum partisipp samtidsform|
|They complained, "We have been waiting for hours".||They complained that they had been waiting for hours.|
|Preteritum samtidsform||Perfektum partisipp samtidsform|
|"We were living in Paris", they told me.||They told me that they had been living in Paris.|
|"I will be in Geneva on Monday", he said.||He said that he would be in Geneva on Monday.|
|Futurum kondisjonalis||Kondisjonalis samtidsform|
|She said, "I'll be using the car next Friday".||She said that she would be using the car next Friday.|
Du trenger ikke endre tempus når det gjengivende verbet står i presens, eller hvis den originelle uttalelsen er fortsatt gyldig, for eksempel:
- He says he has missed the train but he'll catch the next one.
- We explained that it is very difficult to find our house.
Disse modale verbene endres aldri i indirekte tale: might, could, would, should, ought to:
- We explained, "It could be difficult to find our house." = We explained that it could be difficult to find our house.
- She said, "I might bring a friend to the party." = She said that she might bring a friend to the party.