Reported speech exercises

Past - past perfect "She went to Rome," I thought. In the direct speech we do not mention the person in the imperative. He said he liked it. Present perfect - past perfect "I have broken the window," he admitted.

Commands, requests or advice with tell "Leave the room," he told John. In the indirect speech the person addressed must be mentioned. Who was that fantastic man? After wish, would rather, had better, it is time.

Direct Question Where is the Post Office, please? Here are some more examples: As you can see, both the past tense and the present perfect change into the past perfect.

Direct and indirect speech exercise

Mary said Greg had come yesterday, it is not correct, because it means that he came on Saturday. Click here for more information. We must change it, however, in the following sentence, otherwise it will not be clear whether we are talking about the present or past feelings. Where do you live?

Reported questions Direct questions become reported questions with the same word order as statements. The indirect speech is typically introduced by verbs such as say, tell, admit, complain, explain, remind, reply, think, hope, offer, refuse etc.

This and these are usually substituted. On the other hand, if something is reported later, the time expressions are different in the indirect speech.

But sometimes we make different adjustments. So, we need to change them back before putting the verb into the past simple. With modal verbs would, might, could, should, ought to, used to.

Jim said he was playing this week. The form is different, however. She asked me where Julie was. The reporting verb say changes into ask, want to know, wonder She asked me if I liked chocolate.

Here are a few more examples:Complete the following sentences. Answers: 1. He said that he had got a toothache. 2. Manu said that he was very busy then.

3. She. REPORTED SPEECH A) Podemos contar lo que alguien dijo de dos maneras: 1. Repitiendo sus palabras exactas, es decir, empleando el estilo directo. Mixed Exercise 1. Complete the sentences in reported speech. Note whether the sentence is a request, a statement or a question.

Reported speech

He said, "I like this song.". If we report what another person has said, we usually do not use the speaker’s exact words (direct speech), but reported (indirect) speech. Therefore, you need. Fill in the blanks. Answers 1. I advised him not to do it. 2. She asked me if I had finished the job.

Reported Speech, Indirect Speech – English Grammar Exercises

3. She. Reported speech: She said (that) the sky is/was blue. Click here for a mixed tense exercise about practise reported statements.

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