How can I rewrite this sentence as reported speech?

I'd say a lot depends on the student.

I can't figure out what is going to happen with would?

  • Just add that before the reported speech: "I'd say that ..." – Barmar Nov 4 '19 at 22:45
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    If you're not providing a quotation, but a narrative, then it would be this: She said she'd say a lot depends on the student. (Or whatever pronoun the person uses.) – Jason Bassford Nov 6 '19 at 2:39
  • 'I'd say' here is a sentence-connector/introducer, equivalent to 'In my opinion', so 'rewriting the sentence as reported speech' doesn't make sense. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 at 14:26
  • He opined that a lot depends on the student. – Hot Licks Jun 2 at 15:39

He said, "I'd say a lot depends on the student."

When reported: He said he would say that a lot depended on the student. Old style : He said he would have said that a lot depended on the student.

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  • Yes, we don't know whether OP intends the quotes to specify the spoken words or not. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 5 '19 at 15:35
  • @Edwin, Yes agree with your views. – Ram Pillai Nov 6 '19 at 6:42
  • I'd add one more solution. "He said he'd say a lot depends on the student" - if still a lot depends on the student – Jules Cocovin May 3 at 12:12
  • +1 for common sense. “I’d say” is a mannerism, somewhat like starting off a sentence with “Basically”. When you report it exactly, you let the reader “see” the speaker and their intent more clearly. Readers who know the speaker will know how to interpret the words. Those who don’t will at least get the speaker’s actual words and not the reporter’s interpretation. That said, if the writer intends to convey the reporter’s interpretation (which is totally valid), any number of expressions can be used. – Global Charm Sep 30 at 18:34

'Would + verb' either stays the same (if it is a more general statement), or can, but does not need to, change into 'would have + past participle' (if we are hypothesising).

'I would buy it if I had the money,’ he said. -> He said he would buy it if he had the money.

‘I’ll help you if you need a volunteer’ / ‘I’d help you if you needed a volunteer.’ -> He said he would have helped us if we’d needed a volunteer.

See here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pl/grammar/british-grammar/reported-speech-indirect-speech

However, I think best option would be to omit 'I'd say' to avoid repeating 'said/say'. When reporting statements it is advised to follow the meaning of a verb than its form. Again, see the link above:

She said, ‘You must pay by 30th April.’ -> She said we had to pay by 30th April.

‘It must be awful to live in such a noisy place,’ she said. -> She said it must be awful to live in such a noisy place.

So my choice would be:

'He said that (in his opinion) a lot depends/depended on the student.'

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  • Yes; the question smacks of an exercise involving a tricky case where an arcane rule has to be used to generate the 'technically correct' answer, but where that answer sounds preposterous (and thus the examiners should be replaced according to Orwell's Sixth Law). Your answer, or 'He said that he thought a lot depended on the student', is the idiomatic choice (and thus 'correct correct'). – Edwin Ashworth May 3 at 14:59
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    Yes! 'He said that he thought...' - that's even better. – Jules Cocovin May 3 at 15:10
  • I'll not upvote the answer, as it doubtless doesn't accord with the spirit of the (exam?) question. But your answere certainly needs to be here in this thread; ELU is 'English Language and (standard) Usage', not Examination Legalistic Unidiomaticity. – Edwin Ashworth May 3 at 15:50

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