Direct and Indirect Speech

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  • Q1

    Read the following conversation and complete the sentences given below.

    Norbert: When is your birthday?

    Diana: My birthday falls on 26th December.

    Norbert: 26th December is called ‘Boxing Day’.

    Diana: Really! I did not know that.

    Norbert: The day after Christmas is called ‘Boxing Day’.

    (a) Norbert asked Diana ____________________________________________.

    (b) Diana replied that ____________________________________________.

    (c) Norbert told Diana ____________________________________________.

    (d) Diana expressed surprise adding that ____________________________________________.

    (e) Norbert informed her that ____________________________________________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) Norbert asked Diana when her birthday was.

    (b) Diana replied that her birthday fell on 26th December.

    (c) Norbert told Diana that 26th December was called Boxing Day.

    (d) Diana expressed surprise adding that she had not known that.

    (d) Norbert informed her that the day after Christmas was called ‘Boxing Day.’

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  • Q2

    Read the following conversation and complete the passage given below.

    Lucy: Wow! You have cooked really well.

    Mrs. Daniel: Thanks. I love cooking.

    Lucy: How do you manage to cook so well?

    Mrs. Daniel: One just needs to go slow and pay attention to details.

    Lucy: I also want to cook the way you do.

    Lucy complimented Mrs. Daniel saying that (1) _____________. Mrs. Daniel thanked Lucy adding that (2) ____________. Lucy asked Mrs. Daniel (3) ____________________. Mrs. Daniel answered that (4) _______________________. Lucy finally told Mrs. Daniel that (5) ____________________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. she had cooked really well.

    2. she loved cooking.

    3. how she managed to cook so well

    4. one just needed to go slow and pay attention to details .

    5. she also wanted to cook the way did.

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  • Q3

    Read the extract given below and correct the errors in the reported speech following it. There is an error in every line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number.

    The teacher said, "Do you know that sincerity is the key to success?" "Yes, Madam; I know this,” said the boy. "How excellent you are! I am very proud of you that you are trying to be sincere always. "Thank you, Madam; I shall try my best, “said the boy. "May God bless you!” said the teacher.

    The teacher told the boy if he (1) ___________ _________

    knows that sincerity is the key to success (2) _______ _________

    The boy exclaimed in the affirmative (3) ___________ _________

    respectfully that he knew this. (4) ___________ _________

    She told that he was very excellent (5) ___________ _________

    and she was very proud of you that (6) ___________ _________

    he is trying to be sincere always. (7) ___________ _________

    He thanks her respectfully. (8) ___________ _________

    He also said that he will try his best. (9) ___________ _________

    She said that God might help him. (10) ___________ _________

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. told------ asked

    Explanation: reporting verb should be changed to ‘asked’ as it is a question.

    2. knows--------- knew

    Explanation: the tense is changed into simple past in reported speech.

    3. exclaimed-----replied

    Explanation: The boy gave the answer in the form of a simple statement. No exclamation is expressed.

    4. This---- that

    Explanation: ‘this is changed to ‘that’ in reported speech.

    5. Told------ exclaimed.

    Explanation: The teacher makes an exclamatory expression here.

    6. You------- him

    Explanation: Pronoun ‘you’ is changed into ‘him.’

    7. Is-------- was Explanation: The present tense is changed into past tense in reported speech.

    8. Thanks------ thanked

    Explanation: The present tense is changed into past tense in reported speech.

    9. Will --------would

    Explanation: ‘will’ is changed into ‘would’ in reported speech.

    10. Said------------ prayed

    Explanation: the correct reporting verb is ‘prayed/wished’ as it is an expression of a prayer or wish.

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  • Q4

    Pick up the correct choice of the indirect form of speech for the following reported speeches.[5 Marks]
    1. He said, “Hurrah! I won a prize”
    (A) He exclaimed with wonder that he had won a prize.
    (B) He exclaimed with joy that he had won a prize.
    (C) He exclaimed with sorrow that he had won a prize.
    (D) He exclaimed with disapproval that he had won a prize.

    2. She said to him, “Why are you sad?”
    (A) She requested him why he was sad.
    (B) She exclaimed that why he was sad.
    (C) She asked him why he is sad.
    (D) She asked him why he was sad.

    3. John said, “Wow! What a nice shirt it is!”
    (A) John exclaimed with joy that that it was a nice shirt.
    (B) John exclaimed with sorrow that that it was a nice shirt.
    (C) John exclaimed with disapproval that that it was a nice shirt.
    (D) John exclaimed with wonder that it was a nice shirt.

    4. He said to her, “Do you understand everything?”
    (A) He asked her if she did understand everything.
    (B) He asked her if she understands everything.
    (C) He asked her if she does understand everything.
    (D) He asked her if she understood everything.

    5. He said, “O For a cup of coffee!”
    (A) He exclaimed with surprise that he had a cup of coffee.
    (B) He exclaimed sorrowfully that he had a cup of coffee.
    (C) He wished that he had a cup of coffee.
    (D) He prayed that he had a cup of coffee.

    6. They said to me, “What do you want?”
    (A) They asked me what he wanted.
    (B) They asked me what I wanted.
    (C) They asked me what I want.
    (D) They asked me what did I want.

    7. “Bravo!” cried the teacher, “You have done well, students.
    (A) The teacher exclaimed with wonder that the students had done well.
    (B) The teacher wished that the students had done well.
    (C) The teacher applauded the students that they had done well.
    (D) The teacher rebuked the students that they had done well.

    8. The fox said to the crow, “How pretty you are!”
    (A) The fox asked the crow how pretty was she.
    (B) The fox enquired of the crow how pretty she was.
    (C) The fox exclaimed with wonder that how pretty the crow was.
    (D) The fox exclaimed joyfully that the crow was very pretty.

    9 The boy said to the mother, “What have you done for me?”
    (A) The boy asked the mother what she had done for him.
    (B) The boy asked the mother what did she do for him.
    (C) The boy asked the mother what she has done for him.
    (D) The boy asked the mother what have you done for him.

    10. The little girl said, “Oh! It is my doll.”
    (A) The little girl exclaimed with wonder that it was her doll.
    (B) The little girl cried out joyfully that it was her doll.
    (C) The little girl was delighted to see her doll.
    (D) The little girls wished that it was her doll.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. (B) He exclaimed with joy that he had won a prize.
    Explanation: ‘Hurrah’ expresses joy

    2. (D) She asked him why he was sad.
    Explanation: The given speech is an interrogative sentence and the tense is changed into past.

    3. (D) John exclaimed with wonder that it was a nice shirt.
    Explanation: “Wow” signifies wonder.

    4. (D)He asked her if she understood everything.
    Explanation: The speech in interrogative sentence is converted into the form of a statement with a past tense.

    5. (D)He wished that he had a cup of coffee.
    Explanation: The given speech expressed a wish.

    6. (B)They asked me what I wanted.
    Explanation: The speech in interrogative sentence is converted into the form of a statement with a past tense.

    7. (c)The teacher applauded the students that they had done well.
    Explanation:“bravo” signifies applause.

    8. (c)The fox exclaimed with wonder that how pretty the crow was.
    Explanation: The given speech is an exclamatory

    9. (A) The boy asked the mother what she had done for him.
    Explanation: The given speech is converted into the form of a statement and tense is also changed from present to past.

    10. (B) The little girl cried out joyfully that it was her doll.
    Explanation: The speech has the exclamation of joy.

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  • Q5

    Fill in each blank in sentence (B) with correct form of the verbs.

    1. (A) He said to me, “How are you?”

    (B) He asked me, how I ______

    2. (A) She said to him, “Do you believe me?”

    (B) She asked him if he _______ her.

    3. (A) They said to her, “When did she come?”

    (B)They enquired of her when she _____

    4. (A) Mathew said to Mary, “Where do you put up?”

    (B) Mathew enquired of Mary where she _______ up.

    5. (A) The teacher said to the students, “How long have you been playing?”

    (B) The teacher wanted to know from students how long they ______________

    6. (A) The mother said to the son, “Why are you late?”

    (B) The mother asked the son why he _____ late..

    7. (A) She said to them, “Will you help me?”

    (B) She asked them whether they _________ her.

    8. (A) He said to mother, “Can you cook fried rice for me?”

    (B) He asked mother if she _______ fried rice for him.

    9. (A) They said to me, “Will you come on time here tomorrow?”

    (B) They inquired of me if I ______ on time there the next day.

    10. (A) He said to her, “How was the glass broken?”

    (B) He asked her how the glass___________

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. was

    2. believed

    3. had come

    4. put

    5. had been playing

    6. was

    7. would help

    8. could cook

    9. should go

    10. had broken

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