Reported Speech Sentence Transformations
Reported Speech: Questions, Commands, Requests - Reporting Verbs
Task 1 - Complete the table with the suitable words.
the next day/the following day
two days before
the day after tomorrow
DON’T FORGET Change the pronouns: X says to Y
In reported speech you have to change I, me, my, mine, myself, / we, us, our, ours, ourselves if X (speaker) isn’t I or we. YOU HAVE TO CONFORM I OR WE TO X.
Let’s see two examples:
Mary says to Peter she is a student.
Mary says to Peter they are friends.
In reported speech you have to change you, your, yours, yourself and yourselves if Y (receiver) isn’t you. YOU HAVE TO CONFORM YOU TO Y.
Let’s see an example:
Mary says to Peter he is a teacher.
Task 2 - Make indirect sentences in the present. Look at the examples on the bottom of the page.
1) “I’ve forgotten to pack my passport.” Sam to the officer
2) “Your new novel is my favourite one.” Linda to the writer
3) “I don’t like talking about unnecessary things.” The boss to Mr Grey
4) “He explained me the mechanism of my car.” Tina to her mum
5) “I would like to forget this terrible memory.” Sylvie to the psychologist
6) “Your unbelievable stories are the best in this class.” The teacher to Jack
7) “My hobbies don’t need much energy.” Mike to Sam
8) “You broke my beautiful vase when you ran out of the room.” Mum to Paul
9) “These apples are for your grandchildren.” The greengrocer to Mrs Hill
10) “Tomorrow we’ll visit our new friends in New Castle.” Dad to the children
Task 3 - Make indirect sentences in the present. Now the receiver (Y) is given in the direct sentence.
1) Mom: “Children, you are so nice.”
2) Greg: “Mother, this soup is really delicious.”
3) Mrs Drill: “Philip, your composition isn’t on my desk.”
4) Ms Stone: “Margaret, your mother is waiting for you outside the house.”
5) Grandma: “Sam and Peter, your sandwiches are ready.”
6) Mrs Farrell: “Mr Kyle, your car is standing in front of my garage.”
7) Mr Marvel: “Mrs Lodge, your son is my best student in this class.”
8) Daisy: “Lana, I need your help.”
9) Doug: “Daddy, I got a five in Physics.”
10) Tom: “Peggy, I have lost your telephone number.”
Task 4 – Connect the sentences using indirect speech in the present. The connectors are given after the sentences.
1) Yesterday Marty met Kyra. They went to the cinema. The film was very exciting. Tom to Peter – then – and s/he added that
2) Ralph is my friend. He is 13 years old. He likes history. Frank to me – adding that – and
3) Laura and I are sisters. We live in Houston. Our favourite free time activity is dancing. Anne to me – then s/he added that - and
4) This soup tastes delicious. You must try it. I have never eaten such a good soup before. Donna to Luke – and - because
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