Reported Speech (Lesson)

Reported Speech

English teacher: This is a very important lesson.

Our English teacher said that this was a very important lesson.

The first sentence contains the actual words of the speaker. Usually this appears in quotations, like,

The English teacher said, “This is a very important lesson.”

However, when you go home and tell this to your mother, you will change some of the words.

Our English teacher said that this was a very important lesson.

This way of reporting someone else’s speech is called reported speech. There will not be any quotation marks in reported speech.

Examples:

  1. My father said that he was very tired.
  2. The conductor said that there was no more space in he bus.
  3. The old man said that he wanted to catch the town bus.
  4. My uncle said that he would come to visit us the next day.
  5. My brother said that he was feeling much better.

Make meaningful reported sentences from the following table.

My father said that he she would visit our school today.
My mother said she was looking an exam that day.
The students said that they had come to pick me up.
The teacher said that that she would give us a test next month
My friend said that would for her brother.
The news reporter her family had he had seen the accident.
The young girl said that said that moved to north india.

When we change direct speeches into reported speeches we change the original words into past tense.

‘I, we, you, me, my, us, our,’ and ‘your’, are not usually seen in reported speeches. They become ‘he, she, they, his, her, him, their’ and ‘them’.

Instead of ‘today, tomorrow’ and ‘yesterday’, we use ‘that day, the next day’ and ‘the previous day’.

The following changes also occur:

Now becomes then

Here becomes there

This becomes that

These becomes those

Report these sentences:

  1. Our teacher said, “I am going home.”

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  1. My father said, “My purse is missing.”

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  1. She said, “My child is sick.”

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  1. He said, “They are looking for me.”

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  1. She said, “I can’t find my shoes.”

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  1. They said, “We have a lot of work to finish.”

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  1. Seena said to her brother, “You are very smart.”

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  1. Sonia said to her father, “ My mother is calling you.”

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  1. Arun said to his teacher, “I have finished my work.”

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  1. Tanya said to her friend, “Both my parents are abroad.”

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  1. The students said, “We were playing in the garden.”

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  1. The villagers said, “Many people have visited us.”

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Sreekumar. K/English/Basic Grammar/11.0

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