She said,''I like clouds in the sky
She said,''I like clouds in the sky'' change into indirect forms of speech
First of all, it must be the clouds in the sky, because without the article "the", you are suggesting that there are other clouds which are NOT in the sky. You could say it more simply: I like clouds. The reported-speech version would be She said (that) she liked clouds. Because she probablly still likes clouds at the moment her speech was reported, She said (that) she likes clouds would also be correct.
|link||answered Jun 18 '13 at 13:04 Shawn Mooney Expert|
The absence of the article could also imply that she liked CLOUDS in the sky and not FISH, for example. It is irregular not to revert to 'one tense back' for the reported speech - in this example, using the past simple is regular and correct. Since the speech is reported, the tense shouldn't be in the present simple.
|link||answered Jun 18 '13 at 13:29 Ahmad Barnard Expert|
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