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I have no idea how to translate this sentence pattern into Japanese. If I try with basic grammar, it sounds very wrong and overly complex.

What is the most natural way of expressing this? If there is a more business version, please share it as well.

For example

  • 電話が鳴ったら早く電話に出ると言われました
  • それが出来ると課長に報告してと言われました.
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    Would you be willing to show us the phrases/sentences that sound very wrong and overly complex to you?
    – user4032
    Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 13:21
  • 電話が鳴ったら早く電話に出ると言われました / それが出来ると課長に報告してと言われました. But we'll end up focusing on my very low Japanese instead of answering the question about possible patterns to express what I want to express. Although I would never be relunctant to any help on those sentences.
    – Aki
    Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 15:31

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If you want to avoid using quoted speech, the common idiom worth memorizing is "Xするよう(に)言う".

Your translation attempt is not bad, but here are a few comments:

  • In the first example, are you intentionally using the plain form 出る as an imperative? That makes sense, but it's better to simply use the imperative form 出ろ.
  • No need to say 電話 twice.
  • In the second example, this それ is usually omitted.
  • Replace 出来ると with 出来たら. Explaining the difference between と and たら is difficult for me, but you can see this page: Conditionals | Learn Japanese

How about these?

  • 電話が鳴ったら早く出ろと言われました。
  • 電話が鳴ったら早く出るように言われました。
  • 出来たら課長に報告してと言われました。
  • 出来たら課長に報告するよう言われました。
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  • In the first example, are you intentionally using the plain form 出る as an imperative? -> No, if I paused before submiting this sentence I would probably have changed it to 出て :(
    – Aki
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:58

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