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# Reported Speech: How old are you?

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Director
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25 Dec 2005, 19:09
"How old are you"

Which is the correct form of reported speech for the above sentence?

a) I asked how old you are/were.
b) I asked how old he was.

Regards,
Brajesh

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VP
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25 Dec 2005, 19:15
not sure but i think:
I asked him/her how old he/she was.

may be correct.
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Director
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26 Dec 2005, 01:55
I think both are correct, regarding who are you reporting to.

I asked how old you were => Repeat the question to the subject

I asked how old he/she was => Repeat the question to an audience

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26 Dec 2005, 02:01
I think both are correct, regarding who are you reporting to.

I asked how old you were => Repeat the question to the subject

I asked how old he/she was => Repeat the question to an audience

Exactly.
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Director
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26 Dec 2005, 02:19
I think both are correct, regarding who are you reporting to.

It should be whom are you talking to

Who is that masked man? (subject)

The men, four of whom are ill, were indicted for fraud. (object)

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26 Dec 2005, 02:19
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