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Direction: Encircle the letter of the correct indirect speech.

1.) Tom said, "I want to visit my friends this weekend."


a. Tom said he wants to visit his friends that weekend.
b. Tom said he wanted to visit his friends that weekend.
c. Tom said he wanted to visit his friends this weekend.
2.) Jerry said, "I'm studying English a lot at the moment."
a. Jerry said he was studying English a lot at that moment.
b. Jerry said he was studying English a lot at the moment.
c. Jerry said I was studying English a lot at that moment.
3.) They said, "We've lived here for a long time."
a. They said they have lived there for a long time.
b. They said they lived here for a long time.
c. They said they had lived there for a long time.
4.) He asked me, "Have you finished reading the newspaper?"
He asked me if had I finished reading the newspaper.
He asked me if I had finished reading the newspaper.
He asked me if I finished reading the newspaper.

5.) "I get up every morning at seven o'clock.", Peter said.


a. Peter said he got up every morning at seven o'clock.
b. Peter said I got up every morning at seven o'clock.
c. Peter said he had got up every morning at seven o'clock.

6.) Susan reassured me, "I can come tonight."


a. Susan told me I could come that night.
b. Susan told me she could come that night.
c. Susan told me she could come tomorrow evening.

7.) She said, "I really wish I had bought that new car."
a. She told me she really wished she bought that new car.
b. She told me she really had wished she had bought that new car.
c. She told me she really wished she had bought that new car.

8.) Jack said, "He must be guilty!"


a. Jack said he must have been guilty.
b. Jack said he must have be guilty.
c. Jack said he must has been guilty.

9.) Cheryl asked her, "How long have you lived here?"
a. Cheryl asked her how long she has lived there.
b. Cheryl asked her how long she lived there.
c. Cheryl asked her how long she had lived there.

10.)He said, "I must get going. Otherwise, I'm going to be late."
a. He told me he had to get going. Otherwise, he was going to be late.
b. He told me he had to get going. Otherwise, I was going to be late.
c. He told me he has to get going. Otherwise, he was going to be late.

II. Change the following direct speech into indirect speech.


1.) She said, "I've worked here since I left my last job."
Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________

2.) You said, "I will help you!"

Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________

3.) She asked me, "When are we going to leave?"


Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________

4.) Peter said, "I may bring someone with me to the party."
Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________
5.) My friend said, "I will have finished my homework by the time you arrive."
Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________
6.) Mark asked me, "Why do you want to study Russian?"
Indirect Speech: ________________________________________________
7.) Marcia said, "I have been waiting for you for over an hour."
Indirect Speech: ______________________________________

8.) Alison said, "I had eaten before you arrived."


Indirect Speech: ______________________________________

9.) Lenny sang, "I want to get away, I want to fly away.'

Indirect Speech: ______________________________________

10.) Jason asked me, "Are you coming with me?"


Indirect Speech: ______________________________________

Direct and Indirect Speech Exercise II


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What do you want? she asked him.


Are you coming with us? he asked me.
He asked, When do you intend to make the payment?
Do you come from China? said the prince to the girl.
The poor man exclaimed, Will none of you help me?
Which way should I go? asked the little girl.
Alladin said to the magician, What have I done to deserve so severe a punishment?
Dont you know the way home? I said to her.
Do you write a good hand? the teacher said to the student.
Have you anything to say on behalf of the accused? said the judge finally.
Have you anything to tell me, little bird? asked Ulysses.
Who are you, sir, and what do you want? they asked.
The king was impressed with the magician and asked, What can I do for you?
She asked, What is it that makes you stronger and braver than other men?
Can you solve this problem? he asked me.

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She asked him what he wanted.


He asked me if I was coming/going with them.
He enquired when I/he/she intended to make the payment.
The prince asked the girl if she came from China.
The poor man exclaimed whether none of them would help him.
The little girl asked which way she should go.
Alladin asked the magician what he had done to deserve so severe a punishment.
I asked her whether she did not know the way home.
The teacher asked the student if he/she wrote a good hand.
The judge finally asked whether he/she had anything to say on behalf of the accused.
Ulysses asked the little bird whether it had anything to tell him.
They asked who he was and what he wanted.
The king was impressed with the magician and asked what he could do for him.
She asked him what was it that made him stronger and braver than other men.
He asked me if I could solve that problem.