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  • Reported (indirect) speech to Direct Speech — Exercise 1

Grammar Worksheet: Reported (indirect) speech to Direct Speech — Exercise 1

Reported (indirect) speech to Direct Speech — Exercise 2

Task: Change the following sentences from indirect to direct speech.

Grammar Worksheet: Reported (indirect) speech to Direct Speech — Exercise 3

Reported (indirect) speech to Direct Speech — Exercise 3

Grammar Worksheet: Reported statements — mixed tenses — Exercise 1

Reported statements — mixed tenses — Exercise 1

Task: Finish the sentences using Reported speech. Pay special attention to changing pronouns and time phrases where necessary.

Grammar Worksheet: Reported statements — mixed tenses — Exercise 2

Reported statements — mixed tenses — Exercise 2

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Reported statements — mixed tenses — Exercise 3

Task: Finish the sentences using Reported speech. Pay special attention to changing pronouns where necessary.

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Fend off any errors that might creep into your speech with our free, printable direct and indirect speech worksheets! We use direct speech to quote the exact same words that someone utters. The indirect speech is used to report someone's speech, often with words slightly changed. Convert a range of sentences including the interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences into reported speech. Make your grammar life richer and more fulfilling with this coveted collection of quoted and reported speech worksheets pdf!

Our direct and reported speech worksheet pdfs are most recommended for children in 4th grade through 8th grade.

Reported Speech with Time Expressions

Kids in 5th grade, 6th grade and 7th grade convert sentences into indirect speech, paying attention to how expressions of time change here. For example, write "that day" for "today" and "the next day" for "tomorrow".

Reported Speech with Time Expressions

Writing Statements in Reported Speech

Both direct speech and indirect speech have their natural habitat, and children must use each where it belongs. In these direct and indirect speech worksheets pdf, grade 7 and grade 8 kids write each statement as reported speech.

Writing Statements in Reported Speech

Changing Interrogative Sentences into Reported Speech

Don't write a question mark after "Sam asked me where I was going". This is a statement and not a question, although it contains the word "where". Let children write each interrogative sentence in reported speech here.

Changing Interrogative Sentences into Reported Speech

Converting Imperative Sentences into Reported Speech

Watch grade 6 kids rewrite sentences that denote a request, command, or advice in reported speech, using reporting verbs like "ordered", "instructed", and more in these printable direct and indirect speech worksheets!

Converting Imperative Sentences into Reported Speech

Rewriting Exclamatory Sentences Using Reported Speech

Thanks to scenarios that exclaim – sometimes with joy and other times with sorrow – these grade 8 worksheets are kinetic and ebullient. Upgrade your practice by converting exclamatory sentences into indirect speech.

Rewriting Exclamatory Sentences Using Reported Speech

Changing Reported Speech into Direct Speech

In this section of our printable indirect and direct speech worksheets, there are sets of sentences in reported speech, and children are expected to write each sentence in the direct or quoted speech.

Changing Reported Speech into Direct Speech

Punctuating Direct Speech

Instruct children in grade 4 and grade 5 to read the given sentences and insert commas and quotation marks wherever necessary to reflect direct speech.

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Direct and Reported Speech Worksheets

Not many aspects of English grammar are dealt with more care and vigor than direct and reported speech. As universal and widely-talked about this may be, direct and indirect speech is more profound and intriguing than it seems to be. Our direct and reported speech worksheets help 8th grade and high school students iron out any confusion they have in the topic, and enable them to immaculately convert direct to indirect and vice versa. Witness students putting their heart and soul into this unique grammatical experience. Download some of these worksheets for free!

Say, tell or ask?

Say, tell or ask?

The verbs "say", "tell", and "ask" are all used in reported speech, but each has its own space. Let kids show you how wisely they can use these in reported speech, by correctly completing the sentences in this pdf worksheet.

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Direct to Indirect Speech

Direct to Indirect Speech

This printable exercise whips up lots of excitement among grade 8 and grade 9, as they convert sentences into indirect speech. There is enough practice to prepare them to deal with the nuances of indirect speech head on.

Imperatives to Reported Speech

Imperatives to Reported Speech

It's time you proved to students that the direct and indirect speech is no longer an experience fraught with confusion! Converting imperative sentences into indirect speech is just the thing to do here.

Direct and Indirect Speech | Chart

Direct and Indirect Speech | Chart

This direct-and-indirect-speech chart has elements enough to cast a spell on the high schoolers. They instantly get hold of a number of time and place phrases and their indirect speech equivalents.

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Direct to Reported Speech

Direct to Reported Speech

In order for 8th grade and 9th grade students to fully master the direct-indirect-speech chapter, they ought to practice rewriting direct speech as indirect speech as well, which is what they do in this practice worksheet.

Statements to Reported Speech

Statements to Reported Speech

Show kids that you are a delight to work with, and are ready to support them galore, as they convert sentences into indirect. Let them use the example to their advantage, and it won't take long.

Interrogatives to Reported Speech

Interrogatives to Reported Speech

Watch kids craving to get more of their reported-speech practice, and let them consult you for instant tips at all times, as they practice converting interrogative sentences to indirect speech.

Exclamatory to Reported Speech

Exclamatory to Reported Speech

This pdf worksheet turns direct and reported speech into an intoxicating learning experience. Rewriting a bunch of exclamatory sentences as indirect, kids dive further deep into the topic.

Reported to Direct Speech

Reported to Direct Speech

This printable worksheet helps practice conversion of reported speech into direct speech. Rewrite each sentence using appropriate punctuations, tenses and keep an eye on your word order as well.

Indirect to Direct Speech

Indirect to Direct Speech

This exercise greatly adds to the indirect-to-direct conversion, and kids get to hammer the concept home with great efficiency. Let them punctuate and order words correctly, to see success smiling at them.

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Change the following sentences from indirect to direct speech.

Liz said she didn't speak Greek at all. I don't speak Greek at all.

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If we want to tell someone what another person said or thought, we can use indirect or direct speech.

Indirect speech: Samantha said that she had stayed there the year before. Direct speech: "I stayed here last year," said Samantha.

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They told me they didn't want to move to Bristol. "We don't want to move to Bristol," they told me.

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Direct and Indirect Speech-Exercise Worksheet

Direct and Indirect Speech-Exercise Worksheet

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Direct and Indirect Speech Exercise

Turn the following sentences into indirect speech.

1.    John said, ‘I am very busy now.’ 2.    He said, ‘The horse has been fed.’ 3.    ‘I know her name and address,’ said John. 4.    ‘German is easy to learn,’ she said. 5.    He said, ‘I am writing letters.’ 6.    ‘It is too late to go out,’ Alice said. 7.    He said to me, ‘I don’t believe you.’ 8.    He says, ‘I am glad to be here this evening.’ 9.    He said to me, ‘What are you doing?’ 10.    ‘Where is the post office?’ asked the stranger. 11.    He said, ‘Will you listen to me?’ 12.    John said to Peter, ‘Go away.’ 13.    She said to me, ‘Please wait here till I return.’ 14.    ‘Call the witness,’ said the judge. 15.    The speaker said, ‘Be quiet and listen to my words.’

1.    John said that he was very busy then. 2.    He said that the horse had been fed. 3.    John said that he knew/knows her name and address. (Note that the tenses may not change if the statement is still relevant or if it is a universal truth.) 4.    She said that German is/was easy to learn. 5.    He said that he was writing letters. 6.    Alice said that it was too late to go out. 7.    He told me that he didn’t believe me. OR He said he didn’t believe me. 8.    He says that he is glad to be here this evening. (When the reporting verb is in the present tense, adverbs of time and place do not normally change in indirect speech.) 9.    He asked me what I was doing. 10.    The stranger asked where the post office is/was. 11.    He asked me if I would listen to him. 12.    John ordered Peter to go away. 13.    She asked me to wait there till she returned. 14.    The judge commanded them to call the first witness. 15.    He urged them to be quiet and listen to them.

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Direct and Indirect Speech Exercises

Direct and indirect speech is one topic in English grammar that confuses most language learners. It need not necessarily be so; if you understand how it works, you can easily use it in your writing.

Direct and Indirect Speech Exercises with Answers

When converting direct speech to indirect speech or vice-versa, you will have to take care to convert the verb , pronoun and the adverb appropriately. Go through the following exercises and try them out. Answers are given below each exercise; refer to them to see if your answers are right.

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Exercise 1: Change into indirect speech

Read the following sentences and convert them into indirect speech.

  • Rahul told to me, “When are you leaving?”
  • “Where do you live?” the stranger asked Aladdin.
  • The teacher said to Shelly, “Why are you laughing?”
  • Dhronacharya said to Arjun, “Shoot the bird’s eye.”
  • “Call the first convict,” said the jury.
  • “Call the ambulance,” said the man.
  • Bruce said to me, “I shall do the work.”
  • My mother said to me, “You were wrong.”
  • Mr Richard said to me, “Please wait here till I return.”
  • The captain said to me, “Bravo! You have played well.”
  • Raj said, “Alas! My pet died.”
  • Ruchi said, “I may go there.”
  • Bucky said to Steve, “Do you hear me?”
  • The boy said, “Let me come in.”
  • Granny said to me, “May God bless you.”

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  • Rahul asked me when I was leaving.
  • The stranger asked Aladdin where he lived.
  • The teacher asked Shelly why he was laughing.
  • Dhronacharya ordered Arjun to shoot the fish’s eye.
  • The jury ordered to call the first convict.
  • The man urged to call the ambulance.
  • Bruce said to me he would do the work.
  • My mother told me that I was wrong.
  • Mr Richard requested me to wait there till he returned.
  • The captain applauded me, saying that I had played well.
  • Raj exclaimed sadly that his pet died.
  • Ruchi said that she might go there.
  • Bucky asked Steve if he heard him.
  • The boy asked to let him come in.
  • Granny prayed that God might bless me.

Convert the following into Direct Speech

Read the following passage and convert it into direct speech.

One of them told Issac that the latter had forgotten one thing that belonged to a mill. Issac enquired what that was. The friend asked where the miller was. Issac replied that (absence of the miller) was true – and he must look for one.

“But Issac,” said one of them, “you have forgotten one thing that belongs to a mill.”

“What is that?” asked Issac.

“Why, where is the miller?” said his friend.

“That is true – I must look for one,” said Issac.

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What is direct narration.

When the actual words/sentences as spoken by the speaker are quoted in a speech, it’s called direct speech/narration.

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When the quoted speech is reported in the form of a narrative without changing the meaning of the actual quotation/words by the speaker, it’s called indirect speech/narration.

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    Assessment Task: Direct/Indirect Speech Direct/Indirect Speech Work in groups of four. Do the first 10 sentences. Each member of the group has a turn to give the answer. Change the following sentences, written in Direct Speech, into Indirect Speech. Rules: Tense of Verb in Direct Speech then … Tense of verb in Indirect Speech

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    Direct and indirect speech exercises and grammar rules with examples. From indirect to direct speech. If we want to tell someone what another person said or thought, we can use indirect or direct speech. Indirect speech: Samantha said that she had stayed there the year before. Direct speech: "I stayed here last year," said Samantha.

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  17. Indirect to Direct Speech interactive worksheet

    ID: 401134 05/10/2020 Country code: ZA Country: South Africa School subject: English language (1061957) Main content: Direct Speech (2036565) Practise changing sentences into direct speech. Other contents: indirect speech Loading ad... Share / Print Worksheet Microsoft Teams Download PDF Finish! Loading ad...

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    In English, to report someone's words or their own words, you can use direct or indirect speech. These may include statements, questions, orders, advice... When moving from direct to indirect style, it is often necessary to change personal pronouns, demonstrative and possessive pronouns according to who says what: I → he / she me → him / her

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    Direct and Indirect Speech Exercises with Answers. When converting direct speech to indirect speech or vice-versa, you will have to take care to convert the verb, pronoun and the adverb appropriately. Go through the following exercises and try them out. Answers are given below each exercise; refer to them to see if your answers are right.

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