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Reported Speech

Reported Speech

Reported Speech is used to tell what a person said to him/her, to the third person.

Say I told you that, “You are my friend." Now someone asks you what I told you. Then you have 2 options; either quote the same sentence or tell keeping yourself as the first person, i.e, He (I) told me that I (you) was his friend.

There are some simple rules regarding tenses to learn and rest you are going to study in higher classes.

  • Rule 1: Present Tenses change into corresponding Past tense. Consider the table below 

Present

Past

Indefinite

Indefinite

Perfect Continuous

Perfect Continuous

Continuous

Continuous

Perfect

Perfect

  • Rule 2:Past tense is changed as follows…

Past

Past

Indefinite

Perfect

Continuous

Perfect Continuous

 

Let's Practice

Change from direct to indirect speech

  1. She said, “You are my daughter."
  2. Ram said, “Ravan must be punished."
  3. He asked, “ What do you want?"

Answers

  1. She told me that I was her daughter.

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  1. Ram told that Ravan must be killed.

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    Recap

    • Reported Speech is used to tell what someone said keeping yourself in the first person.
    • Present:-
    • Indefinite is changed to Past Indefinite
    • Continuous is changed to Past continuous
    • Perfect is changed to Past perfect
    • Perfect Continuous is changed to Past perfect Continuous.
    • Past:-
    • Indefinite is changed to Past perfect.
    • Continuous is changed to Past perfect Continuous.

     

    Quiz for Reported Speech

    Q.1

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    This man flew this very flight before. " I could tell that man _______  that very flight before.

    a) e
    b) c
    c) g
    d) h

    Q.2

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "Take the dog out to stretch his legs. " He told the pilot _____  the dog out to stretch his legs.

    a) c
    b) n
    c) m
    d) i

    Q.3

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "I haven't seen blind people with guide dogs on planes yet. " Peter replied that he _____ blind people with guide dogs on planes yet.

    a) b
    b) d
    c) k
    d) l

    Q.4

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "You can get off the plane. " The pilot told us we ____ get off the plane.

    a) e
    b) l
    c) j
    d) a

    Q.5

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "How long does the flight take?" Mary wanted to know how long the flight ______ .

    a) g
    b) c
    c) n
    d) m

    Q.6

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "Are you nervous?" The stewardess asked me ____ nervous.

    a) e
    b) h
    c) j
    d) d

    Q.7

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "What happened?" They asked me ______.

    a) l
    b) i
    c) b
    d) m

    Q.8

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "Don't stay for too long. " They told us _____ for too long.

    a) k
    b) h
    c) b
    d) f

    Q.9

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If i was f. Liked g. Not sitting h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "Let's go out. " Tom suggested ____ out.

    a) c
    b) a
    c) b
    d) k

    Q.10

    Complete the given sentences using the words/phrases given below only. a. Could b. Going c. Had flown d. hadn't seen e. If I was f. Liked g. Not to sit h. Not to stay i. To take j. Took k. Was l. Was wearing m. What happened n. Would be

    "Let's not sit all the time." I suggested ______ all the time.

    a)

    g

    b)

    a

    c)

    b

    d)

    i

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