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Direct: he said, “It used to be a lovely quiet street.”
Indirect: he said that it used to be a lovely quiet street.

Why is it not:

He pointed out that it had used to be a lovely quiet street.

  • There is no passive voice here. – tchrist Oct 17 '15 at 15:03
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    That's not "active x passive voice". It's about "direct x reported speech". – Centaurus Oct 17 '15 at 15:04
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You don't have to use "he said" every time you put a sentence into indirect speech. In fact, you can choose the appropriate verb from a long list.

  • he said
  • he mentioned
  • he pointed out
  • he exclaimed
  • he declared
  • he suggested
  • he asked
  • he wondered
  • he told her
  • he replied
  • he shouted
  • etc.

Whether you choose one or another verb pretty much depends on context and intonation.

e.g.

  • What about going to the beach? "He suggested..."

  • Yes, we must visit her. "He agreed..."

  • I will never allow anyone to disrespect my daughter!!! "He declared..."

Context and intonation will help you choose the right verb.

  • The question seems to be about "used to". – V.V. Oct 18 '15 at 11:31
  • @V.V. Somebody had edited the question and it turned out completely different from the original. It has been fixed. – Centaurus Oct 18 '15 at 17:06

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