On reported speech
I may have aced my Senior High School Certificate exams English paper, but it wasn’t enough to stamp my authority on the correctness of a sentence I constructed within an email I sent to a friend. When he called to verify, all I said is that “I heard it from a movie”. “Then the movie is junk”, he said. I held on, “Hey, it is an American movie!”. I could sense from the silence that he was still not convinced. I told him I would google it.
I did. I searched for “reported messages. I didn’t find anything I didn’t know already. Then I stumblicked (stumbled + clicked) on one of the search results which led me to http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com. It gave a detailed breakdown of all the instances of reported speech. It still didn’t have the example of what I wanted. Thankfully, Seonaid the author accepted email. This is the thread.
This is what my colleague complained about:
Dr. Boateng said to send you this.
Have a good one.
I sent this to Seonaid
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM, Joseph Budu <email@example.com> wrote:
I hope you are doing well.
Below is an email my supervisor asked me to send to his student .
A colleague to whom I sent a blind copy said my sentence “Dr. Boateng said to send you this.” was wrong.
Could you clarify this for us please; I did not find the needed explanation on your website.
Thanks in advance.
This is her reply
On 11 July 2012 18:15, Seonaid grammar.com> wrote:
I was stunned… I nearly screamed… but I wasn’t happy the statement wasn’t polite so I asked about the more polite ways, and whether I could quote her in this post.
On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM, Joseph Budu <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks a million for your quick reply.
Further, I would be glad if you could educate me on those polite ways of expressing that meaning.
Thanks a million.
PS: I would like to make a blog post about this, may I quote you and your website?
What Seonaid said:
Sure! More politely, you could say something like:
Mum, I thought that you would be happy to see me next weekend…till then have a good one.
Your son, Kweku
- Warning: Common Grammar Mistakes You Should Never Make (freelanceswitch.com)