Reported Speech Exercises

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REPORTED SPEECH: The following interview between a sports-reporter and a marathon-runner is an example of spoken English in which some sentences are fragments (incomplete sentences).  The full context of the conversation allows the listener to guess missing or understood words.  

|INTERVIEW  | | | | |REPORTER: |"Congratulations on winning the marathon.   How long have you been preparing for this race?"  | |RUNNER: |"Thank you.  About five years, running twelve miles, three times a week." | |REPORTER: |"Why do you like to run?" | |RUNNER: |"I haven't always been a runner.  I started running when my doctor told me I was over-weight and needed to | | |improve my over-all health.  At first, it was hard to go a few miles, but now, I'm in better shape and I | | |love it.  I can't wait to get out in the morning and run." | |REPORTER: |"What is your favourite part of a marathon?"  (a = any) | |RUNNER: |"You might expect me to answer 'crossing the finish line', but actually it's when I get to the 20-mile | | |point of the race.  I think I can't go on, and then I do!  That's my most challenging moment.  It's "mind | | |over matter"."    | |REPORTER: |"Are you planning to run more marathons in the near future?" | |RUNNER: |"Yes, I am looking forward to...
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