Reported Speech Exercises on Reported Speech If we report what another person has said, we usually do not use the speaker’s exact words (direct speech), but reported (indirect) speech. Therefore, you need to learn how to transform direct speech into reported speech. The structure is a little different depending on whether you want to transform a statement, question or request. Statements When transforming statements, check whether you have to change: pronouns present tense verbs (3rd person singular) place and time expressions tenses (backshift) → more on statements in reported speech Questions When transforming questions, check whether you have to change: Also note that you have to: transform the question into an indirect question use the interrogative or if / whether → more on questions in reported speech Requests pronouns place and time expressions → more on requests in reported speech Additional Information and Exeptions → more on additional information and exeptions in reported speech Requests in Reported Speech
Reported Speech Exercises Reported Speech Exercises Here's a list of all the reported speech exercises on this site: (Click here to read the explanations about reported speech) Reported Statements: Reported Questions: Reported Orders and Requests: Reported Requests and Orders Exercise (intermediate) (in PDF here) Mixed Exercises: Return to reported speech explanations from reported speech exercises. LoginSubscribe to PEG+What's New?
English Grammar Lessons We use reported speech when we are saying what other people say, think or believe. He says he wants it. We think you are right. I believe he loves her. When we are reporting things in the present, future or present perfect we don't change the tense. He thinks he loves her. When we tell people what someone has said in the past, we generally make the tense 'more in the past'. You look very nice. = I told him he looked very nice. However, when we are reporting something that was said in the past but is still true, it is not obligatory to make the tense 'more in the past'. "The train doesn't stop here." He said the train doesn't stop here. "I like Sarah." She said she likes Sarah. When we are reporting what was said, we sometimes have to change other words in the sentence. We have to change the pronoun if we are reporting what someone else said. I said I didn't want to go. We have to change words referring to 'here and now' if we are reporting what was said in a different place or time.
reported speech School of Rock rocks! This is a great movie and teachers will enjoy it a lot. The teacher has to learn how to deal with these students. 1) What should the ideal school be like? 2) Tell your partner about a class you will never forget. 3) Who is your favorite teacher? Watch the following video segment and decide who said each of the following lines: A Student 1) My dad won’t let me 2) What’s your name? 3) I only play piano 4) This is a bass guitar 5) Are there any drummers in the house? 6) I play percussion 7) Is this a school project? 8) What’s the prize? 9) Can we tell our parents? 10) Who can sing? 11) I can sing Now rewrite the sentences, using reported speech: 1) A student said that his dad wouldn’t let him. 2) The teacher asked what his name was. 3) A student said he only played piano. Prepare your own video activity on Reported Speech: • Choose an attractive movie segment with several characters • Decide which verb tenses you want to assess • Students come up with indirect speech statements