I want to to know how to change questions to indirect speech if we are asking about personal information? E.g "What's your name?" said John to the man. "How old are you? What's your job?
John asked the man what his name was.
John asked the man how old he was.
John asked the man what his job was.
- Inversion as shown (... how old he was) is necessary.
- The tense changes because the original sentence in the direct speech is past as in "said John to the man." In some cases such as names, "is" may seem correct for it is still current or doesn't change. However, since we're referring back to the time the question was asked, it has to be "was".