Cover of the textbook English Grammar in Use

The key answer of exercise 47.2

The key to exercise solutions in chapter Unit 47 - Reported speech 1 for the textbook English Grammar in Use with authors Raymond Murphy from Cambridge University Press


Somebody says something to you which is not what you expected. Use your own ideas to complete your answers.


  1. it was only five minutes' walk.
  2. wasn't coming / was going somewhere else / couldn't come
  3. they didn't like each other / they didn't get on with each other / they couldn't stand each other
  4. he didn't know anyone
  5. she would be away / she was going away
  6. you were staying at home
  7. you couldn't speak / you didn't speak any other languages
  8. he'd seen you / he saw you last weekend