Reported Speech. Statements, commands and requests. Reported statements - intro. Look at these examples: The little prince: “ I want a sheep that will live for a long time.” The little prince said (that) he wanted a sheep that would live for a long time.
Statements, commands and requests
They are normally used in the past tense.
NB ‘Tell’ requires the object whereas ‘say’ doesn’t.
carry this body with me.”
The little prince said he could not
carry that body with him.
All used examples in direct speech taken from the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated by Irene Testot-Ferry