What would be the indirect speech form of the following sentence?
John told Sean, "Let me help you"
(It's not a homework question, I'm preparing for my exam tomorrow. I just stumbled upon this question in a book.)
John told Sean to let him help him.
I realise that creates ambiguity as to who was going to help who, but the context would probably sort it out.
John told Sean that he should let John help him.
It gets a bit complicated because there are two singular males, but otherwise it is fairly straightforward. Other ways of rendering the imperative in indirect speech could be chosen instead, like "must"; or the entire "let" construction could be done away with in a less literal version:
John told Sean that he would help him.
The indirect speech of John told Sean "Let me help you" will be "John told Sean that he would help him."
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