Direct and Indirect Speech

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  • Q1

    Read the following conversation and complete the sentences given below.

    James: When did you come back from your native village?

    Daniel: I came yesterday.

    James: Are you very fond of the country life?

    Daniel: That’s true. I am really very fond of it.

    James: What’s the charm of the country life?

    Daniel: I’m tired of the din and bustle of the town.

    It’s calm and quite there. I get fresh air and fresh food.

    James asked Daniel when he came back from his native village.

    1. Daniel replied that _____________________________________.
    2. James asked Daniel ____________________________________.
    3. Daniel replied to James ____________________________________.
    4. James enquired of Daniel about _____________________________________.
    5. Daniel replied that ____________________________________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. Daniel replied that he had come the previous day.
    2. James asked Daniel if he was very fond of the country life.
    3. Daniel replied to James that it was true that he was very fond of it.
    4. James enquired of Daniel about the charm of the country life.

    5. Daniel replied that he was tired of the din and bustle of the town. He further said that it was calm and quite there and that he got fresh air and fresh food.

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  • Q2

    Read the following conversation and change it into reported speech.


    Patrick said, “I am going to Durban tomorrow. I am going to attend a seminar.” I will also extend my tour by two days and return on Sunday after meeting my aunt.”
    Patrick’s son said, “I was awarded as the best student of the year.” Patrick said, “Congrats! You have done it.”

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    Patrick informed that he was going to Durban the next day to attend a seminar. He further said he would extend his tour by two days and return on Sunday after meeting his aunt. Patrick's son told that he was awarded as the best student of the year. Patrick congratulated him and told him that he had done it.

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  • Q3

    Compare the direct and indirect speech given below. Write the incorrect word in the reported speech and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number.

    Direct Speech
    1. He said to me, “Stop singing the same old song.”
    2. The teacher said to her, “Read the next paragraph.”
    3. “Please switch off your mobiles.” The air hostess said to us.
    4. The mother said to her daughter, “Be careful while crossing the roads.”
    5. Thomas said to Peter, “Don’t go near the water.”

    Indirect Speech
    1. He told me angry to stop singing the same old song. _______ _______
    2. The teacher order her to read the next paragraph. _______ _______
    3. The air hostess ordered us to switch off our mobiles. _______ _______
    4. The mother praised her daughter to be careful while crossing the roads. _______ _______
    5. Thomas requested Peter not to go near the water. _______ _______

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. He told me angrily to stop singing the same old song. angry angrily
    2. The teacher ordered her to read the next paragraph. order ordered
    3. The air hostess requested us to switch off our mobiles. ordered requested
    4. The mother cautioned her daughter to be careful while crossing the roads. praised cautioned
    5. Thomas warned Peter not to go near the water. requested warned

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  • Q4

    Pick out the correct choice of the indirect form of speech for the following reported speeches.

    1. He said, "Park your car behind the house, please."

    (A) He requested me to park my car behind the house.

    (B) He exclaimed with joy that I should park my car behind the house.

    (C) He asked me to park the car behind the house.

    (D) He told me to park the car behind the house.

    2. She said to him, “I will take you to the doctor?”

    (A)She consoled him that she will take him to the doctor.

    (B)She asked him that she will take him to the doctor.

    (C)She consoled him that she would take him to the doctor.

    (D)She told him that she might take you to the doctor.

    3. Joseph said, “I have never met you.”

    (A) Joseph said that he has never met me.

    (B) Joseph claimed that he had never been met me.

    (C) Joseph exclaimed that he had never met me.

    (D) Joseph claimed that he had never met me.

    4. Lily said, “I used to exercise every day.”

    (A) Lily assured that she used to exercise every day.

    (B) Lily had told that she exercised every day.

    (C) Lily said that she will exercise every day.

    (D)Lily assured that she was to exercise every day.

    5. The plumber said, “I am trying to mend the tap since morning.”

    (A) The plumber said that he was trying to mend the tap since morning.

    (B) The plumber told that I was trying to mend the tap since morning.

    (C) The plumber told that he tried to mend the tap since morning.

    (D) The plumber told that he was trying to mending the tap since morning.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. (A) He requested me to park my car behind the house.

    2. (C) She consoled him that she would take him to the doctor.

    3. (D) Joseph claimed that he had never met me.

    4. (A) Lily assured that she used to exercise every day.

    5. (A) The plumber said that he was trying to mend the tap since morning.

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  • Q5

    Fill in each blank in sentence (B) with the correct speech.

    1. (A) The doctor: “I will send you the reports as soon as they arrive.”

    (B) The doctor said that ________________ the reports as soon as he arrived.

    2. (A) Emma: “I play tennis every Saturday.”

    (B) Emma said that _____________ every Saturday.

    3. (A) Diana: “I saw Mohan at the Airport on Monday.”

    (B) Diana said ______________ at the airport on Monday.

    4. (A) Matthew: “Will you join us for dinner tonight?”

    (B) Matthew asked me ___________ for dinner that night.

    5. (A) The shopkeeper: “Are you looking for something special?”

    (B) The shopkeeper asked me _____________ something special.

    6. (A) Tim: “I am enjoying my holiday.”

    (B) Tim said that _____________ her holiday.

    7. (A) Ryan: “I may come tomorrow.”

    (B) Ryan said that ___________ the next day.

    8. (A) They said, “We want these flowers.”

    (B) They said that ______________ flowers.

    9. (A) Joe: I will lend you my grammar book.

    (B) Joe said that _____________ grammar book.

    10. (A) He said to me “Don’t forget.”

    (B) He reminded _________________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    Answer

    1. he would send me

    2. she played tennis

    3. that she had seen Mohan

    4. if I would join them

    5. if I was looking for

    6. she was enjoying

    7. he might come

    8. they wanted those

    9. he would lend me his

    10. me not to forget

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