Direct and Indirect Speech

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  • Q1

    Report the following in Direct Speech.

    1. They asked me whether I would go with them.

    2. My boss bade me to get in and sit down.

    3. Dixon expressed a wish that he could find his missing wallet.

    4. The mediator suggested to them to try to unite the two parties.

    5. He asked me whether I would show him how to drive.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. They said to me, “Will you come with us?”

    2. My boss said to me, “Get in, sit down.”

    3. Dixon said, “Could I but find my missing wallet.”

    4. “Let us try to unite the two parties,” said the mediator.

    5. He said to me, “Will you show me how to drive?”

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  • Q2

    Report the following in Indirect Speech.

    1. The interviewer said to a newcomer, “What is your name? Where do you come from? Where did you work last?”

    2. The health-inspector said to the nurse, “When did you get the dispensary disinfected last?”

    3. Jessie said to her mother, “How were books written in olden days? Who first found out to print books? When was the first printing press started in the world?”

    4. I asked the teacher, “Where does the light of the moon come from? How is that the moon does not send out heat?”

    5. Orlando said to Jaques, “How many times a day do you take a nap?”

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. The interviewer asked a newcomer what his name was, where he came from and he had worked last.

    2. The health inspector asked the nurse when they had got the dispensary disinfected last.

    3. Jessie asked her mother how books were written in olden days, who first found out to print books, and when the first printing press was started in the world.

    4. I asked my teacher where the light of the moon came from, and how it was that the moon did not send out heat.

    5. Orlando asked Jaques how many times a day he took a nap.

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  • Q3

    Rearrange the following words to make meaningful sentences.

    1. you/sent/were/here?/whom/by

    2. iron/bar/by/you?/can/an/bent/be

    3. recited/a/poem/will/be/by/him?

    4. the/secret/by/you?/to/whom/was/told

    5. the/money/will/when/by/you?/returned/be

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. By whom were you sent here?

    2. Can an iron bar be bent by you?

    3. Will a poem be recited by him?

    4. To whom was the secret told by you?

    5. When will the money be returned by him?

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  • Q4

    Report the following in Indirect Speech.

    1. The little boy said, “Father, forgive me for lying to you.”

    2. “Get up Ares! Bestir yourself, you lazy old giant,” they cried with one voice.

    3. She said to her daughter, “Show me your dress.”

    4. The boy said to his father, “Let me play on the swing now.”

    5. James said, “Let us investigate the matter”

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. The little boy requested his father to forgive him for lying to the latter.

    2. They cried out to lazy, old giant Ares to get up and bestir himself.

    3. She asked her daughter to show her, her dress.

    4. The boy requested his father to let him play on the swing then.

    5. Peter suggested that they should investigate the matter.

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  • Q5

    Complete the following sentences using the correct form of the verbs given in brackets.

    (caused, hold, invite, overtake, translate, damage, include, make, let, write)

    1. The house __________ by the flood two months ago.

    2. Many accidents __________ by under-aged drivers.

    3. Persepolis __________ by Marjane Satrapi.

    4. You__________ to the wedding by the bride. Why didn’t you go?

    5. Even though I was going fast, my car __________ by many cars.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. The house was damaged by the flood two months ago.

    2. Many accidents are caused by under-aged drivers.

    3. Persepolis was written by Marjane Satrapi.

    4. You were invited to the wedding by the bride. Why didn’t you go?

    5. Even though I was going fast, my car was overtaken by many vehicles.

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