D. Verbs taking a direct quotation do not take verb-suffix le.

 

4.1     shuō(x), “ yǐjīng bìyè sān nián le.” 

他说:我已经毕业三年了。

He said, “It’s been three years since I graduated.”

 

4.2     wèn(x) : “ chī fàn le ma?” 

          他问我:你吃饭了吗?

          He asked me, “Have you eaten yet?”