1. Paco asked Sonia not to worry

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Which are the two imperatives Paco and Sonia use in the conversation they maintain in the text in the previous section?
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Remember that if we want to report those two imperatives in the present, we need the following structures:

Affirmative TO + INFINITIVE
Sonia told Paco to be careful
Paco asked Sonia not to worry

It is also important to remember that imperatives are not only used to give orders or commands, they are also used to give directions (e.g. Take the elevator to the 5th floor), instructions (e.g. Complete the blanks in black or blue ink), requests or invitations (e.g. Please phone as soon as you can), and warnings (e.g. Don't use the lift in case of fire).

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Remember that the best way to improve your English is by practising. Click on the picture to download a file to turn commands, requests, advice, etc. into reported speech.

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Complete the blanks to turn the following sentences into reported speech.


By bunchofpants. C. Commons

1. "Study as hard as you can," Sonia told Paco.

Sonia asked Paco as he could.

2. "If I were you I wouldn't have fizzy drinks," the doctor told Paco.

The doctor advised Paco drinks.

3. "Please don't eat much fatty meat," Sonia told Paco.

Sonia asked Paco meat.

4."You should stop eating so many sweets," he added.

He advised Paco so many sweets.

5. "Don't spend so long in front of the television and do some sports," he told him.

He requested Paco so long in front of the television and sports.


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By AHMED... C. Commons

Fizzy drinks: Coca Cola1

Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines internationally. The Coca-Cola Company claims that the beverage is sold in more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke or (in European and American countries) as cola or pop. Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.

The company produces concentrate, which is then sold to licensed Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the world. The bottlers, who hold territorially exclusive contracts with the company, produce finished product in cans and bottles from the concentrate in combination with filtered water and sweeteners. The bottlers then sell, distribute and merchandise Coca-Cola to retail stores and vending machines. Such bottlers include Coca-Cola Enterprises, which is the largest single Coca-Cola bottler in North America and western Europe. The Coca-Cola Company also sells concentrate for soda fountains to major restaurants and food service distributors.

The Coca-Cola Company has, on some occasions, introduced other cola drinks under the Coke brand name. The most common of these is Diet Coke, with others including Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola, Diet Coke Caffeine-Free, Coca-Cola Cherry, Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Vanilla, and special editions with lemon, lime or coffee.

1 Adapted from wikipedia.org


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What's your opinion?

It is common that you are asked to give your opinion on different subjects. It is very important that you carefully think about what your opinion is and the reasons why this is so before beginning to write.

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Do you think fizzy drinks are as unhealthy as they are said to be? Give your opinion in no less than 80 words.

Now, let's continue checking how to report statements, that is, affirmative and negative sentences.