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STATEMENTS

1. These people are saying these things. Report them, using says that.
a. Paul: Atlanta is a wonderful city.
Paul said that Atlanta was a wonderful city OR IN PRESENT BECAUSE ATLANTA IS STILL A
WONDERFUL CITY
b. Ruth: I go jogging every morning.
Ruth said that she went jogging that morning
c. Anna: Jenny isnt studying for her exams.
Anna said that Jenny wasnt studying for her exams
d. Andrew: I used to be very fat.
Andrew said that he used to BE very fat
e.- Jim: I cant swim.
Jim said that he couldnt swim
2. People made these statements. Report them, using said.
a. Mary works in a bank, Jane said.
Jane said that Mary worked in a bank OR IN PRESENT BECAUSE MARY STILL WORKS IN A
BANK
b. Im staying with some friends, Jim said.
Jim said that he was staying with some friends
c. Ive never been to Russia, Mike said.
Mike said that he had never been to Russia
d. Tom cant use a computer, Ella said.
Ella said that Tom couldnt use a computer
e. Everybody must try to do their best, Jill said.
Jill said that everybody had to try to do their best
f. Jane may move to a new flat, Rachel said.
Rachel said that Jane might move to a new flat
g. Ill stay at home on Sunday, Bill said.
Bill said that he would stay at home on Sunday
3. Report what the guests said at a wedding last Sunday.
a. Miss Moore: Theyll make a lovely couple.
Miss Moore said that they would make a lovely couple
b. Mr Smith: Theyre going to live in Brighton.
Mr Smith said that they were going to live in Brighton
c. Mrs Jones: The bride and the groom are very nice young people.
Mrs Jones said that the bride and the groom were very nice young people
d. Mr Roberts: The bride is wearing a beautiful wedding dress.
Mr Roberts said that the bride was wearing a beautiful wedding dress
e. Mr Clarke: The couples parents look happy.
Mr Clarke said that the couples parents looked happy
f. Miss Mayall: The brides father has bought them a big flat.
Miss Mayall said that the brides father had bought them a big flat
4. Change the following statements into the reported speech.
a. I have something to show you, I said to her.
I said to her that I had something to show her
b. Im going away tomorrow, he said.
He said that he was going away the following day
c. Ive been in London for a month but I havent had time to visit the Tower, said Rupert.
Rupert said that he had been in London for a month but he hadnt had time to visit the
Tower
d. Ill come with you as soon as Im ready, she replied.
She replied that she would come with me as soon as she was ready
e. We have a lift but very often it doesnt work, they said.
They said that they had a lift but very often it didnt work
f. I must go to the dentist tomorrow, he said.
He said that he had to go to the dentist the following day
g. I found an old Roman coin in the garden yesterday and I am going to take it to the museum
this afternoon, he said.
He said that he had found an old Roman coin in the garden the previous day and he was
going to take it to the museum that afternoon
5. Write these sentences in indirect speech.
a. Im very tired, she said.
She said that she was very tired
b. Ill see them soon, he said.
He said that he would see them soon
c. Im going to the cinema, she said.
She said that she was going to the cinema
d. I see the children quite often, he said.
He said that he saw the children quite often
e. Im having a bath, she said.
She said that she was having a bath
f. Ive already met their parents, she said.
She said that she had already met their parents
g. I stayed in a hotel for a few weeks, she said.
She said that she had stayed in a hotel for a few weeks
h. I must go home to make dinner, he said.
He said that he had to go home to MAKE dinner
i. I havent been waiting long, she said.
She said that she hadnt been waiting long
j. Im listening to the radio, he said.
He said that he was listening to the radio
k. Ill tell them the news on Saturday, she said.
She said that she would tell them the news on Saturday
l. I like swimming, dancing and playing tennis, he said.
He said that he liked swimming, dancing and playing tennis
ENGLISH GRAMMAR Reported Speech
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m. I can drive, she said.
She said that she could drive
n. I walked home after the party, he said.
He said that he had walked home after the party
o. Im going to be sick, she said.
She said that she was going to be sick
p. I must go out to post a letter, he said.
He said that he had to go out to post a letter
q. I spoke to Jane last week, she said.
She said that she had spoken to Jane the previous week
r. Im trying to listen to the music, he said.
He said that he was trying to listen to the music
s. Ill phone the office from the airport, she said.
She said that she would phone the office from the airport
t. I cant speak any foreign languages, he said.
He said that he couldnt speak any foreign languages
6. Write these sentences in indirect speech, changing words where necessary.
a. Ill see you tomorrow, she said.
She said that she would see to me the following day
b. I saw her today, he said.
He said that he had SEEN her that day
c. I dont like this film, she said.
She said that she didnt like that film
d. She said, We went swimming today.
She said that we had gone swimming that day
e. I met her about three months ago, he said.
He said that he had met her about the previous three months
f. Ill see Mary on Sunday, she said.
She said that she would see Mary on Sunday
g. Pete and Sue are getting married tomorrow, she said.
She said that Pete an Sue were getting married the following day
h. Stephens bringing some records to the party tomorrow, she said.
She said that Stephen was bringing some records to the party the following day
i. I really like this furniture, she said.
She said that she really liked that furniture
j. My parents are arriving tomorrow, she said.
She said that her parents were arriving the following day
k. We visited her this morning they said.
They said that they had visited her that morning
l. Well see her next summer they said.
They said that they would see her the following summer
m. They were here three months ago, he said.
He said that they had gone there the previous months
n. Im meeting them at four oclock today, he said.
He said that he was meeting them at four oclock that day
o. I can see you tomorrow, she said.
She said that she could see to me the following day
QUESTIONS
7. Report the police-officers questions to the shop owner.
a. Whats your name?
He asked me what my name WAS
b. Did you see the robbers?
He asked me if I had SEEN the robbers
c. What were they wearing?
He asked me what THEY had been wearing
d. How do you think they got in?
He asked me how I thought got in
e. What did they take?
He asked me what they had taken
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f. Has this ever happened before?
He asked me if IT had ever happened before
8. Write these sentences as reported questions using the words given.
a. Whats your name?, he asked. (wanted to know)
He wanted to know what my name WAS
b. Do you like Marlon Brandon?, she asked.
She asked me if I liked Marlon Brandon
c. How old are you?, she said. (asked)
She asked me how old I was
d. When does the train leave?, I asked.
I asked when the train left
e. Are you enjoying yourself?, he asked.
He asked me if I was enjoying myself
f. How are you?, he said. (asked)
he asked me how I was
g. Does your father work here?, she asked.
She asked me if my father worked there
h. Do you live near your father?, he asked.
He asked me if I lived near my father
i. Who did you see at the meeting?, my mother asked.
My mother asked me who I had seen at the meeting
j. Why did you take my wallet?, he asked.
He asked me why I had taken his wallet
k. How did you get to school?, she asked.
She asked me how I had got to school
l. Are you a foreigner?, she asked.
She asked me if I was a foreigner
m. Where do you live?, the boy asked.
The boy asked me where I lived
n. Have you met Danny before?, he asked.
He asked me if I had met Danny before
o. Are you hungry?, he asked.
He asked me if I was hungry
p. Why wasnt Judy at the party?, she asked.
She asked me why Judy hadnt been at the party
q. Why didnt you telephone?, my father asked.
My father asked me why I hadnt TELEPHONED
r. Did you borrow my dictionary?, he asked.
He asked me if I had borrowed his dictionary
s. Why are you so late?, the teacher asked.
The teacher asked me why I was so late
t. Have you finished your exams?, she asked.
She asked me if I had finished my exams
u. Did you invite Judy and Mitch?, he asked.
He asked me if I had invited Judy and Mitch
v. Does your brother live in London?, she asked.
She asked me if MY brother lived in London
w. Why didnt the police report the crime?, the judge asked.
The judge asked me why the police had reported the crime
x. Do you know who broke the window?, he asked.
He asked me if I knew who had broken the window
y. Why you wont let me in?, he shouted.
He shouted why I wouldnt let him in
COMMANDS, REQUESTS AND ADVICE
9. Rewrite these sentences in reported speech.
a. Make some coffee, Bob, Carol said.(ask)
Carol asked Bob to make some coffee
b. You must do the homework soon, Jane, she said.(tell)
She told Jane to do the homework soon
c. Remember to buy a map, Ann he said.(remind)
He reminded Ann to remember to buy a map
d. You should see a doctor, Mrs Clark, he said.(advise)
He advised Mrs Clarks seeing a doctor
e. Keep all the windows closed, Bill they said.(warn)
They warned Bill to keep all the windows
f. Go home, Paul, Francis said.(tell)
Francis told Paul to go home
g. Please stay for supper, Bob, he said.(try to persuade)
He tried to persuade Bob staying for supper
10. Report the following sentences.
a. Dont try to be funny.
She ordered not to try to be funny
b. Wait here till I come.
She suggested waiting there till she CAME
c. Go to bed and dont get up till youre called.
She ordered me to go to bed and not to get up till that I was called
d. Be a good girl and sit quietly for five minutes.
She ordered me to be a good girl and to sit quietly for five minutes
e. Watch the milk and dont let it boil over.
She ordered me to watch the milk and not to let it boil over
f. Dont take your coat off.
She ordered not to take my coat off
g. Dont forget to thank Mrs Jones when youre saying good bye to her.
She ordered not to forget to thank Mrs Jones when I was saying good bye to her
h. Stop that dog.
She ordered me to stop that dog
11. Write the sentences in reported speech using the words given.
a. Sit down, Mary. (he told)
He told Mary to sit down
b. Would you pass my suitcase? (he asked)
He asked me if I would pass his suitcase
c. Dont go near the sea, children. (the childrens mother warned)
The childrens mother warned not to go near the sea
d. Dont be late, Tim. (Tims father told)
Tims father told Tim not to be late
e. Be quiet, children. (the librarian told)
The librarian told children to be quiet
f. Have your tickets ready, please. (the inspector told us)
The inspector told us to have our tickets ready
SAY AND TELL
12. Use the correct form of SAY and TELL in these sentences.
a. She told me she didnt agree.
b. He said, Have we met before?
c. I told them I wasnt happy with their work.
d. She smiled and said to me, Im very pleased to meet you.
e. She told me a story about her parents.
f. He said, Are you feeling OK?
g. I didnt hear. What did he said?
h. Could you told me the time, please?
i. They told me they were going to a meeting.
j. I told the police my address.
k. I SAID I wanted to buy a magazine.
l. He told he wasnt interested in politics.
m. Could you told me your name again?
n. Do you think he is SAYING the truth?
o. Would you TELL him to come early tomorrow?
p. If he said that again therell be trouble.
q. I told them it was dangerous to swim here.
r. Did you SAY anything to him about your problem at work?
s. Told me what happened.
t. I think he is SAYING lies.
u. The policeman SAID the man was lying.
v. Philip said it would probably rain tomorrow.
w. Susan said, Lets go out for dinner tonight.
x. Jim told me about the party last night.
y. Our teacher said he was pleased with our work.
z. Stop SAYING lies!
OFFERS AND SUGGESTIONS
13. Rewrite the sentences with the gerund or the infinitive and the in reported speech.
a. Ill bring my CDs to the party.
He promised to bring his CDs to the party.
b. Lets go to the cinema tonight, shall we?
She suggested going to the cinema that night
c. Yes, I stole the wallet.
He admitted to steal the wallet
d. Be careful! The water is boiling.
She warned us being careful because the water was boiling
e. You must apologise to your teacher.
My father insisted (on) APOLOGISING to my teacher
f. All right! Ill share the expenses with you.
My friend agreed sharing the expenses with me

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